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Anglers’ Notice for Fish and Game Regions 2018

Conservation Act 1987

Freshwater Fisheries Regulations 1983

Pursuant to section 26R(3) of the Conservation Act 1987, the Minister of Conservation approves the following Anglers’ Notice, subject to the First and Second Schedules of this notice, for the following
Fish and Game Regions:

Northland

Nelson/Marlborough

Auckland/Waikato

West Coast

Eastern

North Canterbury

Hawke’s Bay

Central South Island

Taranaki

Otago

Wellington

Southland

Notice

This notice shall come into force on 1 October 2018.

1. Application of this Notice

1.1 This Anglers’ notice sets out the conditions under which a current licence holder may fish for sports fish in the area to which the notice relates, being conditions relating to:

(a) the size and limit bag for any species of sports fish;

(b) any open or closed season in any specified waters in the area, and the sports fish in respect of which they are open or closed;

(c) any requirements, restrictions, or prohibitions on fishing tackle, methods, or the use of any gear, equipment, or device;

(d) the hours of fishing; and

(e) the handling, treatment, or disposal of any sports fish.

1.2 This Anglers’ notice applies to sports fish which include species of trout, salmon and also perch and tench (and rudd in Auckland/Waikato Region only).

1.3 Perch and tench (and rudd in Auckland/Waikato Region only) are also classed as coarse fish in this notice.

1.4 Within coarse fishing waters (as defined in this notice) special provisions enable the use of coarse fishing methods that would otherwise be prohibited.

1.5 Outside of coarse fishing waters a current licence holder may fish for coarse fish wherever sports fishing is permitted, subject to the general provisions in this notice that apply for that region.

First Schedule: Fishing conditions generally common to all Fish and Game Regions.

Second Schedule: Regional specific fishing conditions, bag limits, closed and open waters, and the like.


First Schedule

2. Interpretation

Words and expressions in this notice, which are defined in the Conservation Act 1987, the Freshwater Fisheries Regulations 1983 or the Sports Fish Licences, Fees, and Forms Notice 2018, shall be so defined.

“all methods” means any artificial fly, or spinner or bait.

“artificial fly” means any lure of feather, fur, wool or other material of any kind customarily used in the making of artificial flies.

“bait” means:

Natural insect.

Natural spider.

Natural worm or worms.

Natural crustacean.

Natural fish, excluding fish ova, or any portion of a fish, or shellfish (mollusc), except where stated otherwise in the Second Schedule of this notice.

Uncoloured bread dough.

Any scented lure, soft bait and other synthetic imitations with chemical attractant properties, except where stated otherwise in the Second Schedule of this notice.

“bait assembly” means either a hook rigged with a number of baits or a single bait rigged with a number of hooks.

“bait fishing” means to fish for sports fish with bait.

“boat” means any manned flotation device.

“coarse fish” means perch, tench (all New Zealand) and rudd (Auckland/Waikato Fish and Game Region only).

“coarse fishing waters” means named locations where anglers can fish for coarse fish with:

(a) a rod which has either a fixed or running line.

(b) no restriction on the type or number of baits in use.

(c) no restriction on the use of preparations to attract fish.

“fly fishing” means to fish for sports fish with fly rod and fly reel and fly line and artificial fly.

“fishing” and “fish” in this notice means:

the catching, taking or harvesting of sports fish; and includes any:

(a) other activity that may reasonably be expected to result in the catching, taking or harvesting of sports fish.

(b) attempt to catch, take or harvest sports fish.

(c) operation in support of, or in preparation for, any activity described in this definition.

“freshwater” means

(a) all waters of rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, lagoons, wetlands, impoundments, canals, channels, watercourses, or other bodies of water whether naturally occurring or artificially made.

(b) all waters of estuaries or coastal lagoons.

(c) all other fresh or estuarine waters where freshwater fish indigenous to or introduced into New Zealand are found.

(d) all waters in the mouth of every river or stream, and the mouth of every river and stream shall be deemed to include every outlet thereof and the seashore between those outlets and the waters of the sea or lying within a distance of 500 metres from any place where at low tide the waters of a river or stream meet the waters of the sea.

“foul hook” means to hook a sports fish other than from within the mouth.

“landmark” means a black, yellow and white ringed post or buoy.

“length” is the measurement from the tip of the snout to the fork of the tail.

“legal lure” means any authorised artificial fly or spinner or bait.

“spinner” means any artificial lure other than an artificial fly.

“spin fishing” means to fish for sports fish with a spinner.

“sports fish” means those freshwater fish described in the First Schedule of the Freshwater Fisheries Regulations 1983, namely:

Brown trout.

Rainbow trout.

American brook trout or char.

Lake trout or char.

Atlantic salmon.

Quinnat or chinook salmon.

Sockeye salmon.

Perch.

Tench.

Rudd (Auckland/Waikato Fish and Game Region only).

Any hybrid of the above species.

3. Authorised Tackle

3.1 No licence holder shall fish for trout or salmon except by using a rod and running line and authorised lure (as defined in clause 8 of this First Schedule).

3.2 Nets and gaffs:

3.2.1 When playing a sports fish, a landing net may be used to secure or land that fish.

3.2.2 For keeping coarse fish alive, a keep net may be used in the water from which the fish was caught.

3.2.3 No licence holder shall use a gaff to secure or land a sports fish except where provided for in the Second Schedule of this notice.

3.3 No licence holder when fishing for sports fish shall:

3.3.1 Use more than 1 assembled rod and running line.

3.3.1 Use more than 3 artificial flies or spinners.

3.3.2 Use more than 1 bait assembly.

3.3.3 Be more than 15m from the rod being used.

3.3.5 Use in waters other than those where bait fishing is permitted any lure treated with any chemical preparation other than that used solely to control the buoyancy of an artificial fly, except where stated otherwise in the Second Schedule of this notice.

3.3.6 Use any preparation not attached to a lure to attract fish except when fishing for coarse fish in coarse fishing waters.

3.4 No person shall fish for sports fish by using felt-soled waders or footwear incorporating or having attached a sole of felted, matted or woven fibrous material when sports fishing.

4. Foul Hooking of Fish

4.1 No licence holder shall attempt to foul hook any sports fish.

4.2 Any licence holder who foul hooks a sports fish shall return it immediately to the water with as little injury as possible.

5. Fish Length

Every licence holder who catches a sports fish which does not exceed the specified minimum length, or exceeds the specified maximum length, shall immediately return it with as little injury as possible into the water from which it was taken.

6. Open Season

No licence holder shall fish for any sports fish except during an open season.

7. Daily Limit Bags

7.1 No licence holder shall continue to fish for a particular species of sports fish on any day in which he or she has already killed the limit bag for that species except where provided for in the Second Schedule.

7.2 It shall be permissible to make up the difference between a lesser limit bag prescribed in one place and a higher limit bag prescribed in another if the extra fish are taken in the area with the higher bag limit.

8. Authorised Lures

Authorised lures (subject to any regional restrictions specified in the Second Schedule) are:

Artificial fly.

Spinner.

Bait.


Second Schedule


Northland Fish and Game Region

Reference to Description: New Zealand Gazette, 24 May 1990, No. 83, page 1861.

1. Definitions

See First Schedule.

2. Open Season

2.1 All lakes and reservoirs in region. All year
2.2 Wairua River (excluding tributaries) downstream of its confluence of the Waiotu and Whakapara Rivers. All year
2.3 All rivers and streams in region. 1 October to 30 April

3. Closed Waters

No restrictions.

4. Authorised Tackle

See First Schedule.

5. Fly Fishing Only Waters

No restrictions.

6. Bait Fishing Waters

6.1 Bait fishing (as defined in the First Schedule) is permitted in all lakes and reservoirs.

6.2 Bait fishing is permitted in the Waitangi River only when fishing for tench.

7. Coarse Fishing Waters

7.1 The only public coarse fishing water in the Northland Region is the Waitangi River and its tributaries.

8. Use of Boats

8.1 Anglers trolling from boats must stay at least 50m from any anglers fishing from the shore.

9. Daily Bag Limits

9.1 All rivers and streams except the Waipapa, Mangapa and Victoria Rivers:

9.1.1 No licence holder shall on any one day kill more than two trout.

9.1.2 There is no daily bag limit for tench or perch.

9.2 Waipapa, Mangapa and Victoria Rivers and any tributaries of these rivers:

9.2.1 No licence holder shall on any one day kill more than one trout.

9.3 All lakes and reservoirs:

9.3.1 No licence holder shall on any one day kill more than three trout.

9.3.2 There is no daily bag limit for tench or perch.

10. Fish Length

10.1 The minimum length for trout is 300mm
10.2 The minimum length for tench or perch is No limit


Auckland/Waikato Fish and Game Region

Reference to Description: New Zealand Gazette, 24 May 1990, No. 83, page 1861, as amended by New Zealand Gazette, 29 August 1991, No. 129, page 2786.

1. Definitions

See First Schedule.

2. Open Season, Permitted Methods, Trout Daily Bag Limits

 

Open Season

Permitted Methods

Daily Bag Limits (Trout)

2.1 Lakes

     

Arapuni

All year

All legal lures/baits

5

Karapiro

All year

All legal lures/baits

2

Mangatangi Reservoir

All year

Spinner/artificial fly

5

Mangatawhiri Reservoir

All year

Spinner/artificial fly

5

Moana-nui

All year

All legal lures/baits

5

Parkinsons

All year

All legal lures/baits

5

Tomarata

All year

All legal lures/baits

5

Waipapa

All year

All legal lures/baits

5

Whatihua (Thomsons)

All year

All legal lures/baits

5

All other lakes/ponds

 

All year

No bait restrictions

5

2.2 Hydro Lake Tributaries

 

 

 

Little Waipa Stream (Horahora Road Bridge deemed to be the mouth)

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

5

Pokaiwhenua Stream

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

5

Mangawhio Stream

 

 

 

  • below lower falls

All year

Spinner/artificial fly

5

  • above lower falls

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

5

Tumai Stream

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

5

Waipapa River

 

 

 

  • below lower falls

All year

Spinner/artificial fly

5

  • above lower falls

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

5

All other streams flowing into Lake Waipapa, Lake Arapuni and Lake Karapiro are closed (refer to clause 3 for this region).

2.3 Rivers and Streams

     

Awakino

 

 

 

  • downstream of Mahoenui Bridge

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

2

  • upstream of Mahoenui Bridge

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Fly fishing only

2

Awaroa

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

5

Hikutaia

 

 

 

  • downstream of Wires Road Ford

All year

Spinner/artificial fly

5

  • upstream of Wires Road Ford

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

5

Kakahu

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Fly fishing only

5

Kaniwhaniwha

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Fly fishing only

5

Kaimarama

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

5

Kapowai

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

5

Karapiro Stream

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

5

Kauaeranga

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

5

Komata

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

5

Mahakirau

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

5

Mangakahu

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

5

Mangaohae

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

5

Mangaokewa

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

5

Mangaorongo

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

5

Mangaotaki

 

 

 

  • downstream of lower bridge on Mangaotaki Road

All year

Spinner/artificial fly

5

  • upstream of lower bridge on Mangaotaki Road

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

5

Mangatawhiri

 

 

 

  • downstream of State Highway 2 Bridge

1 Oct – 30 Jun

No bait restrictions

5

  • upstream of State Highway 2 Bridge

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

5

Mangatepopo

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

2

Mangatutu

 

 

 

  • downstream of Lethbridge Road

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

5

  • upstream of Lethbridge Road

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Fly fishing only

5

Mangawhero

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

5

Maramataha

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

5

Maratoto

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

5

Marokopa

 

 

 

  • downstream of Mangatuahaua Stream confluence

All year

All legal lures/baits

5

  • upstream of Mangatuahaua Stream confluence

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

5

Moakurarua

 

 

 

  • downstream of Honikiwi Road

1 Oct – 30 Jun

All legal lures/baits

5

  • upstream of Honikiwi Road

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

5

Mokau

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

5

Ngakoaohia

 

 

 

  • downstream of Pirongia/Kawhia Bridge

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

5

  • upstream of Pirongia/Kawhia Bridge

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Fly fishing only

5

Ngutunui

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

5

Ohinemuri

 

 

 

  • downstream of Victoria Street Bridge, Waihi

All year

All legal lures/baits

2

  • upstream of Victoria Street Bridge, Waihi

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

2

Okauaka

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

5

Okupata

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

5

Omahine

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

5

Ongarue

 

 

 

  • downstream of Waimiha Stream confluence

1 Oct – 30 Jun

All legal lures/baits

5

  • upstream of Waimiha Stream confluence

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

5

Oparau

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

5

Oraka

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

5

Owairaka

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

5

Piopiotea

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

2

Pungapunga

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

5

Puniu

 

 

 

  • downstream of Seafund Road Bridge

All year

Spinner/artificial fly

5

  • upstream of Seafund Road Bridge

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

5

Purere (upper Waihou)

All year

Spinner/artificial fly

No limit*

Rapurapu

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

5

Tapu

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

5

Tairua

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

5

Taringamotu

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

5

Tawarau

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

5

Waihou

 

 

 

  • below Okoroire Falls

All year

All legal lures/baits

5

  • above Okoroire Falls

All year

Spinner/artificial fly

No limit*

Waikato

All year

All legal lures/baits

5

Waimakariri

All year

Spinner/artificial fly

No limit*

Waimiha

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

5

Waiomou

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

5

Waione

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

5

Waipa

 

 

 

  • downstream of State Highway 3 Bridge at Otorohanga

All year

All legal lures/baits

5

  • between State Highway 3 Bridge and Toa Bridge

All year

Spinner/artificial fly

5

  • upstream of Toa Bridge

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

5

Waipare (upper Waihou)

All year

Spinner/artificial fly

No limit*

Waipari

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

5

Wairoa

All year

Spinner/artificial fly

5

Waitawheta

 

 

 

  • downstream of end of Franklin Road

All year

Spinner/artificial fly

2

  • upstream of end of Franklin Road

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

2

Waitekauri

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

2

Waiwawa

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

5

Whanganui

 

 

 

  • downstream of Whakapapa River confluence

All year

All legal lures/baits

5

  • upstream of Whakapapa River confluence

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

2

Whakapapa

 

 

 

  • downstream of Piopiotea Stream confluence

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

2

  • upstream of Piopiotea Stream confluence

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

2 brown
0 rainbow

Whakapapa-iti

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

2 brown
0 rainbow

Whakapapa-nui

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

2 brown
0 rainbow

Whangamarino

1 Oct – 30 Jun

No bait restrictions

5

All other rivers/streams not mentioned in clauses 2 and 3 for this region

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Spinner/artificial fly

5

*Where there is no bag limit, only 2 of these trout may be greater than 30cm in length (refer to clause 10 for this region).

3. Closed Waters

3.1 No licence holder shall take (or attempt to take) sports fish from all rivers, streams and their tributaries which flow into but not including Lake Arapuni, Lake Waipapa and Lake Karapiro, and that part of the Waikato River downstream of the Maraetai Dam to upstream of the Karapiro Dam.

3.2 The closed waters restrictions in clause 3.1 for this region do not apply to the waters specified in clause 2.2 for this region or to flooded backwaters of Lake Arapuni, Lake Waipapa and Lake Karapiro, and that part of the Waikato River downstream of the Maraetai Dam to upstream of the Karapiro Dam.

4. Authorised Tackle

4.1 Scented artificial lures may be used in all waters other than fly fishing only waters, when actively fished so as to imitate a bait fish.

4.2 Refer to clause 2 for this region.

5. Fly Fishing Only Waters

Refer to clause 2 for this region.

6. Bait Fishing Waters

No licence holder, when fishing in bait fishing waters, shall use as bait any fish taken from any water other than where the fishing is occurring.

7. Coarse Fishing Waters

7.1 The following waters are designated as coarse fishing waters:

  • Mangatawhiri River from the bridge on State Highway 2 to its confluence with the Waikato River.
  • Whangamarino River.
  • All lakes and ponds, excluding the Mangatangi Reservoir, Mangatawhiri Reservoir and any lake specified in clause 2 for this region.

7.2 There are no restrictions on the numbers of rods and running lines that a licence holder fishing for perch, tench or rudd may have, provided only one of which shall be used for fishing at any one time.

7.3 A roach pole may be used to fish for perch, tench and rudd.

7.4 It is an offence to kill on any day more than five tench. There is no limit for perch or rudd.

8. Use of Boats

No licence holder shall fish for sports fish from any vessel in the upper reaches of Lake Karapiro (upstream from the white marker post, situated 200m below the Huihuitaha Stream mouth) unless the vessel is securely anchored.

9. Hours of Fishing

There are no restrictions on the hours of fishing in the Auckland/Waikato Region.

10. Fish Length

10.1 There are no length restrictions in the Waimakariri Stream and Waihou River upstream from Okoroire and their tributaries, except that no licence holder shall take more than 2 trout exceeding 30cm in length.

10.2 In all other waters the minimum length is 30cm.


Eastern Fish and Game Region

Reference to description: New Zealand Gazette, 24 May 1990, No. 83, page 1861 (SO 58495).

1. Definitions

“Fly line” means any floating or sinking line used to facilitate casting that is greater than 3m in length.

“Set rod” means any assembled rod that is not in physical contact with a licence holder when being used to fish for sports fish.

“Wild rainbow trout” means any rainbow trout not having a fin-clip mark or tag.

2. Open Season, Permitted Methods, Daily Bag Limits

Lakes / Rivers

Open Season

Permitted Methods

Daily Bag Limits

All other waters not listed and excepting closed waters (refer to clause 3 for this region)

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Artificial fly/spinner

2

Aniwaniwa Stream downstream of Aniwaniwa Falls

All year

Artificial fly/spinner

8*

Aniwhenua Lake and canal

All year

Artificial fly/spinner

2

Aratiatia Lake

All year

Artificial fly/spinner/bait

No limit

Atiamuri Lake

All year

Artificial fly/spinner/bait

No limit

 

 

 

 

Flaxy Lake and Canal

All year

Artificial fly/spinner

2

Hamurana Stream downstream of Hamurana Road

All year

Artificial fly/spinner

8*

Hopuruahine Stream and tributaries upstream of the landmark pole

1 Dec – 30 Jun

Fly fishing only

8*

Kaitawa Lake

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Artificial fly/spinner

8*

Kaituna River downstream of control gates

All year

Artificial fly/spinner

2

Kaituna River downstream of State Highway 2 Bridge

All year

Artificial fly/spinner/bait

No limit

McLaren Lake

All year

Artificial fly/spinner

2

Maraetai Lake

All year

Artificial fly/spinner/bait

No limit

Matahina Lake

All year

Artificial fly/spinner

2

Mokau Stream upstream of the landmark pole

1 Dec – 30 Jun

Fly fishing only

8*

Motu River upstream of State Highway 35

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Artificial fly/spinner

2

Motu River downstream of State Highway 35

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Artificial fly/spinner/bait

No limit

Ngahewa Lake

All year

Artificial fly/spinner

8

Ngapouri Lake

All year

Artificial fly/spinner

8

Ngongotaha Stream downstream of State Highway 5 Bridge

All year

Artificial fly/spinner

8*

Ngongotaha Stream and tributaries (excluding Waimataa) upstream of State Highway 5 Bridge

1 Dec – 30 Jun

Fly fishing only

8*

Ohau Channel between landmark at Lake Rotorua Outlet weir and landmark approximately 200m downstream of the weir

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Fly fishing only

8*

Ohau Channel from landmark approximately 200m downstream of Lake Rotorua Outlet weir to Lake Rotoiti confluence

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Artificial fly/spinner

8*

Ohakuri Lake

All year

Artificial fly/spinner/bait

No limit

Okareka Lake

All year

Artificial fly/spinner

8

Okaro Lake

All year

Artificial fly/spinner

8

Okataina Lake, excepting areas below

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Artificial fly/spinner

8

  • Winter shoreline area from Te Koutu Point landmark to west of Okataina Lodge landmark extending 200m offshore

All year

Artificial fly/spinner

8

Putere Lakes

All year

Artificial fly/spinner

2

Rangitaiki River downstream of Otamatea Stream confluence

All year

Artificial fly/spinner

2

Rangitaiki River downstream of State Highway 2 Bridge

All year

Artificial fly/spinner/bait

No limit

Rangitaiki Canal (Wheao)

All year

Artificial fly/spinner

2

Rerewhakaaitu Lake

All year

Artificial fly/spinner

8

Rotoehu Lake

All year

Artificial fly/spinner

8

Rotoiti Lake, excepting areas below

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Artificial fly/spinner

8

  • Winter shoreline area from Tapuaekura Bay landmark to Hinehopu Landmark extending 200m offshore, excepting areas below in italics:

All year

Artificial fly/spinner

8

  • Within 200m of Ruato Bay Stream mouth and the Pipe

All year

Fly fishing only from
1 April to
30 September

8

Rotoma Lake, excepting areas below

All year

Artificial fly/spinner

8

  • Winter shoreline areas between landmarks at Anaputa Point and Matahi Bay, and between landmarks in Manawahe Bay both extending 200m offshore

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Artificial fly/spinner

8

Rotomahana Lake

All year

Artificial fly/spinner

8

Rotorua Lake

All year

Artificial fly/spinner

8*

Ruahihi Canal

All year

Artificial fly/spinner

2

Ruakituri River and tributaries (excluding Hangaroa) upstream of Te Reinga Falls

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Fly fishing only

2

Tarawera Lake, excepting areas below

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Artificial fly/spinner

8

  • Within 200m of Te Wairoa Stream mouth

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Fly fishing only from
1 April to 30 June

8, female trout only

  • Winter shoreline area from Tarawera Outlet landmark to Te Tapahoro Bay landmark and 200m offshore

All year

Artificial fly/spinner

8

  • Winter shoreline area from Te Wairoa Landing landmark to Otumutu Lagoon landmark and 200m offshore, excepting area below in italics:

All year

Artificial fly/spinner

8

  • Within 200m of the Landing landmark

All year

Fly fishing only from
1 April to 30 September

8

Tarawera River from the outlet to the Tarawera falls, excluding the spawning sanctuary

1 Oct – 31 May

Fly fishing only

8

Tarawera River from the falls to State Highway 2

All year

Artificial fly/spinner

2

Tarawera River downstream of State Highway 2

All year

Artificial fly/spinner/bait

No limit

Tikitapu Lake

All year

Artificial fly/spinner

8

Tiniroto Lakes

All year

Artificial fly/spinner

2

Utuhina Stream downstream of Devon Road Bridge

All year

Artificial fly/spinner

8*

Utuhina Stream upstream of Devon Road Bridge but downstream of Pukehangi Road Bridge

1 Dec – 30 Jun

Artificial fly/spinner

8*

Waikareiti Lake

All year

Artificial fly/spinner

8

Waikaremoana Lake excepting area below

All year

Artificial fly/spinner

8*

  • Within 200m downstream of Hopuruahine and Mokau landmark poles

All year

Fly fishing only

8*

Waikaretaheke River downstream of Piripaua Powerhouse

All year

Artificial fly/spinner

2

Waiau River downstream of the Waikaretaheke River confluence

All year

Artificial fly/spinner

2

Waikato River from Huka Falls to Maraetai

All year

Artificial fly/spinner/bait

No limit

Waimana River downstream of Matahi Bridge

All year

Artificial fly/spinner

2

Waioeka River downstream of Tauranga Stream confluence

All year

Artificial fly/spinner

2

Waioeka River downstream of State Highway 2 Bridge

All year

Artificial fly/spinner/bait

No limit

Wairoa River downstream of Te Reinga Falls to State Highway 2

All year

Artificial fly/spinner

2

Wairoa River downstream of State Highway 2 Bridge

All year

Artificial fly/spinner/bait

No limit

Wairoa River (Tauranga) downstream of Lake McLaren

All year

Artificial fly/spinner

2

Wairoa River (Tauranga) downstream of State Highway 2 Bridge

All year

Artificial fly/spinner/bait

No limit

Waiteti Stream downstream of Hamurana Road

All year

Artificial fly/spinner

8*

Waiteti Stream upstream of Hamurana Road

1 Dec – 30 Jun

Artificial fly/spinner

8*

Whakamarino Lake (Tuai Lake)

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Fly fishing only

8*

Whakamaru Lake

All year

Artificial fly/spinner/bait

No limit

Whakatane River downstream of Owaka Stream confluence

All year

Artificial fly/spinner

2

Whakatane River downstream of the State Highway 2 Bridge

All year

Artificial fly/spinner/bait

No limit

Wheao River

All year

Artificial fly/spinner

2

Bag limits denoted by 8* mean no licence holder shall kill more than 2 brown trout in a daily bag limit of 8 trout.

3. Closed Waters

No licence holder shall fish for sports fish at any time from the following waters:

3.1 All streams flowing into Lake Tarawera and that portion of the Tarawera River enclosed by landmarks at the Lake Tarawera Outlet and extending approximately 150m downstream to Tarawera River Foot Bridge otherwise known as the Tarawera Outlet Spawning Sanctuary.

3.2 The Utuhina Stream upstream of the Pukehangi Road Bridge and all tributaries of this stream.

3.3 The following streams and their tributaries which flow into Lake Rotorua:

(a) The Awahou, Waiowhiro, Waiohewa, Waingaehe, Waimataa and Waikuta Streams.

(b) The Hamurana Stream upstream of the Hamurana Road Bridge.

3.4 All springs, streams and their tributaries which flow into Lake Waikareiti, and into or from Lakes Rotoma, Rotoehu, Rotomahana, Rerewhakaaitu, Rotokakahi, Okareka, Okataina and Rotoiti except the Ohau Channel and the Kaituna River.

3.5 The section of the Ruahihi Canal between the landmarks at the southern end of the canal which enclose the artificial spawning bed.

3.6 Any waters in which sports fish are held in captivity for display, breeding, hatching, monitoring or other purposes (excepting 3.7 below)

3.7 Ngongotaha Hatchery educational Fishery (known as Children’s Fishing Pond) except by special authorisation.

4. Authorised Tackle

4.1 No licence holder shall fish for sports fish with a set rod unless he or she is fishing from a boat.

4.2 Downriggers, paravanes and metal cored or wire lines are prohibited in Lakes Waikaremoana and Waikareiti.

5. Bait Fishing Waters

No licence holder when fishing in bait fishing waters shall use any whole fish sourced from any water other than that where the fishing is occurring.

6. Coarse Fishing Waters

There are no defined coarse fishing waters in the Eastern Region.

7. Use of Boats

7.1 No licence holder shall fish for trout from a boat in the following waters:

The designated winter shoreline-fishing areas on Lakes Tarawera, Rotoiti and Okataina (refer to clause 2 for this region) from 1 July to 30 September.

Note:

1) No boats are allowed to pass through the Tarawera Outlet Spawning Sanctuary at any time.

2) No boats are permitted under the Bay of Plenty Regional Navigation Safety Bylaws 2004 to anchor in the Ohau Channel.

7.2 No licence holder shall fish for trout from any unanchored boat:

within 200m of a landmark.

7.3 Anchored boats should be securely anchored with no more than two anchors.

7.4 No licence holder shall fish from any motorised boat or use an anchor when fishing in Lake Kaitawa or Lake Whakamarino (Tuai).

8. Hours of Fishing

No licence holder shall fish for any sports fish between 12.00 midnight and 5.00am.

9. Minimum and Maximum Fish Length to be Taken

9.1

Lakes Waikaremoana, Kaitawa, Whakamarino (Tuai) and Waikareiti, and the Rotorua Lakes and their inflowing tributary streams

350mm minimum

9.2

Ruakituri River and tributaries upstream of Waitangi Falls

600mm maximum

9.3

All other waters

No minimum size limit


Hawke’s Bay Fish and Game Region

Reference to description: New Zealand Gazette, 24 May 1990, No. 83, page 1861.

1. Definitions

See First Schedule

2. Open Season, Permitted Methods, Daily Bag Limits

Lakes / Rivers

Open Season

Permitted Methods

Daily Bag Limits

All other waters not listed below

Refer to clause 6 for this region (no minimum size limit)

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Artificial fly/spinner

2

Larger of Twin Lakes, Kuripapango

All year

Artificial fly/spinner

No limit

Lake Hawkston

1 Nov – 31 Mar

Artificial fly/spinner

2

All other lakes of the region (except the larger of Twin Lakes & Lake Hawkston above)

Refer to clause 6 for this region (350mm minimum)

All year

Artificial fly/spinner

4

Refer to clause 7 (hours of fishing)

 

 

 

Aropaoanui River downstream of the landmark opposite Wareham Road

All year

Artificial fly/spinner

2

Esk River upstream of Waipunga Road Bridge and all tributaries

Refer to clause 6 for this region (550mm maximum)

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Artificial fly/spinner

1

Esk River downstream of Waipunga Road Bridge

All year

Artificial fly/spinner

1

Karamu Stream, excluding tributaries

All year

Artificial fly/spinner/bait

2

Maraetotara Stream

Refer to clause 6 for this region (350mm maximum)

All year

Artificial fly/spinner

1

Mohaka River downstream of confluence with the Mangatainoka River to State Highway 5, excluding tributaries

All year

Artificial fly/spinner

2

Mohaka River downstream of State Highway 5 Bridge

All year

Artificial fly/spinner

4

Mohaka River tributaries

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Artificial fly/spinner

1

Ngaruroro River and tributaries upstream of Kiwi Creek confluence

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Artificial fly/spinner

1

Ngaruroro River from Kiwi Creek to Whanawhana cable, excluding tributaries

All year

Artificial fly/spinner

1

Ngaruroro River tributaries upstream of Whanawhana cable

Refer to clause 6 for this region (550mm maximum)

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Artificial fly/spinner

1

Ngaruroro River downstream of Whanawhana cable, excluding tributaries

All year

Artificial fly/spinner

2

Ngaruroro River tributaries downstream of Whanawhana cable

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Artificial fly/spinner

2

Porangahau River downstream of confluence with the Mangawhero Stream, excluding tributaries

All year

Artificial fly/spinner

2

Tuki Tuki River upstream of State Highway 50 road bridge, excluding tributaries

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Artificial fly/spinner

4

Tuki Tuki River downstream of State Highway 50 road bridge, excluding tributaries

All year

Artificial fly/spinner

4

Tutaekuri River downstream of confluence with the Mangaone Stream, excluding tributaries

All year

Artificial fly/spinner

2

Waipawa River downstream of State Highway 50 road bridge, excluding tributaries

All year

Artificial fly/spinner

4

Waipawa River upstream of State Highway 50 road bridge, excluding tributaries

1 Oct – 30 Jun

Artificial fly/spinner

4

Waipunga River downstream of the falls, excluding tributaries

All year

Artificial fly/spinner

2

3. Closed Waters

No restrictions.

4. Coarse Fishing Waters

There are no defined coarse fishing waters in the Hawke’s Bay Region.

5. Use of Boats

No motorised craft permitted on Lake Waikopiro.

Similarly, except with the prior written authority of the Director-General of Conservation and subject to compliance with any conditions that the Director-General may impose, no person shall use any boat in Lake Tutira that is propelled by any means other than sails, oars, or paddles.

6. Fish Length

Esk River above the Waipunga Road Bridge, including tributaries

550mm maximum

Maraetotara Stream

350mm maximum

Ngaruroro River upstream of Whanawhana cable, including tributaries

550mm maximum

Lakes Tutira and Waikopiro

350mm minimum

All other waters

No minimum or maximum size limit

7. Hours of Fishing

Fishing is permitted only in daylight hours at Lake Hawkston. Walk in access only.

Please phone Dave McPhee 0275 422 665 prior to access of lake.


Taranaki Fish and Game Region

Reference to description: New Zealand Gazette, 24 May 1990, No. 83, page 1861.

1. Definitions

See First Schedule.

2. Open Season and Permitted Methods

Lakes / Rivers

Open Season

A. Those parts of the following rivers and streams:

Taranaki/ Whanganui

Huatoki Stream downstream of Brois Street Bridge

Kapuni Stream downstream of State Highway 45 Bridge

Kaupokonui Stream downstream of State Highway 45 Bridge

Manganui River downstream of Bristol Road Bridge

Mangaoraka Stream downstream of State Highway 3 Devon Road Bridge

Patea River downstream of Patea Dam

Stony (Hangatahua) River

Waiaua River downstream of State Highway 45 Bridge

Waingongoro River downstream of State Highway 45 Bridge

Waiongana Stream downstream of State Highway 3 Devon Road Bridge

Waitara River downstream of Manganui River confluence

Waiwhakaiho River downstream of the normal site of a landmark that is at the end of Rimu Street extension walking track

Warea River downstream of State Highway 45 Bridge

Whanganui River downstream of Ohura River confluence, excluding tributaries

 

Waimarino

Manganuioteao River downstream of Ruatiti Road Bridge

Mangawhero River downstream of Raetihi-Ohakune Road Bridge

Retaruke River and tributaries downstream of Oio Road Bridge

Tokiahuru Stream downstream of State Highway 49 Bridge

Waitaiki Stream downstream of State Highway 49 Bridge

 

1 Oct – 30 Sep

B. The main stem of the Manganuioteao River from Ruatiti Road Bridge upstream to the confluence with the Makatote River.

 

1 Oct – 30 June

C. All unlisted rivers and streams, and parts of rivers and streams not listed in either “A” or “B” above.

 

1 Oct – 30 Apr

D. The following lakes and dams:

Mangamahoe (excluding the Waiwhakaiho Inlet and Mangamahoe Stream)

Namunamu

Ngangana

Opunake

Rotomanu

Sattlers Dam

 

1 Oct – 30 Sep

E. The following lakes:

Ratapiko

Rotorangi downstream of Mangamingi Bridge

 

1 Oct – 30 April

and

1 Jun to 30 Sep

F. Virginia Lake

 

No Open Season

G. All lakes, dams and impoundments not listed in either “D”, “E” or “F” above, and including;

  • Waiwhakaiho inlet upstream of the normal site of a landmark located in the inlet just upstream of the confluence with Lake Mangamahoe
  • Mangamahoe Stream upstream of the walkway swing-bridge at the head of Lake Mangamahoe

1 Oct – 30 Apr

3. Authorised Tackle

All legal lures and bait are permitted except that:

(a) Only Fly Fishing is permitted in Lake Mangamahoe including the Waiwhakaiho inlet, Mangamahoe Stream and any other tributary flowing into the lake.

(b) No bait fishing is permitted in the:

      • Kai Auahi (Kaiauai) Stream
      • Kapuni Stream
      • Stony (Hangatahua) River
      • Retaruke River

4. Coarse Fishing Waters

There are no defined coarse fishing waters in the Taranaki Fish and Game Region.

5. Use of Boats

No licence holder shall fish for sports fish from a boat in Lake Mangamahoe, including the Waiwhakaiho inlet.

6. Daily Bag Limit

6.1 A daily bag limit of 2 trout applies to all waters except that:

(a) No trout may be killed and kept from the Retaruke River.

(b) In the Stony (Hangatahua) River only 1 (one) brown trout may be taken as part of the total daily limit of 2 trout.

(c) A daily bag limit of 4 (four) trout applies to Waingongoro River downstream of the Eltham Road Bridge.

6.2 For all waters a daily bag limit of 1 (one) salmon applies.

In addition to the daily bag limit there shall be no limit on the number of perch killed by a licence holder.

7. Fish Length

There is no length limit for sports fish caught in the Taranaki Fish and Game Region.

8. Hours of Fishing

There is no restriction on the hours of fishing in the Taranaki Fish and Game Region.


Wellington Fish and Game Region

Reference to Description: New Zealand Gazette, 24 May 1990, No. 83, page 1861.

1. Definitions

See First Schedule.

2. Open Season, Permitted Methods, Daily Bag Limits, Fish Length Limits

Permitted Methods definition:

F = Artificial Fly fishing only

FS = Artificial Fly, Spin fishing only

FSB = Artificial Fly, Spin or Bait fishing

* = Bait fishing by child licence holder ONLY

Maximum size limit means all trout longer than the specified length must be released.

There is no minimum size limit in any water in the Wellington Fish and Game region.

Lakes / Rivers

Open Season

Permitted Methods

Daily Bag Limits

All other waters not listed below

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

4

All coastal dune lakes

All year

FSB

4

Akatarawa River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

1

Max 450mm

Hautapu River upstream of the road bridge numbered 741/1096 on State Highway 1 by the Taihape Golf Club

1 Oct – 30 Apr

F

1

Max 550mm

Hautapu River downstream of the road bridge numbered 741/1096 on State Highway 1 by the Taihape Golf Club

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

4

Henley, Lake

All year

FSB

4

Hokowhitu Lagoon (also known as Centennial Lagoon)

All year

FSB

Rainbow or Brown trout 1
All other sports fish No limit

Hutt River

All year

FS *

2

Max 450mm

Kahuterawa Stream

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

4

Kawhatau River

All year

FSB

4

Kiriwhakapapa Stream

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

1

Max 450mm

Kopuaranga River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

F

4

Kourarau Dam (Upper) Reservoir, except all inflowing streams.

All year

FSB

Rainbow or Brown trout 1

All other sports fish 4

Lake Wairarapa

All year

FSB

4

Makakahi River, upstream of the road bridge at Eketahuna

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

4

Makakahi River, downstream of the road bridge at Eketahuna

All year

FSB

4

Makiekie River (Coal Creek)

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

Makuri River upstream of the township bridge

1 Oct – 30 Apr

F

1

Max 450mm

Makuri River downstream of the township bridge

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

1

Manawatu River upstream of Maunga Road Bridge (upstream of Dannevirke)

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

1

Manawatu River downstream of Maunga Road Bridge (upstream
of Dannevirke)

All year

FSB

4

Managakokeke Stream

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

1

Max 450mm

Mangaohane Stream

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

1

Max 550mm

Mangahao River upstream of Marima Reserve Bridge

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

4

Mangahao River downstream of Marima Reserve Bridge

All year

FSB

4

Mangaone River (a tributary of the Tiraumea River)

All year

FSB

4

Mangaroa River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

1

Max 450mm

Mangatainoka River upstream of Scarborough Konini Road Bridge

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

2

Max 450mm

Mangatainoka River downstream of Scarborough Konini Road Bridge

All year

FS

2

Max 450mm

Mangatarere Stream

1 Oct – 30 Apr

F

1

Mangatoro River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

F

1

Mikimiki stream

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

1

Max 450mm

Moawhango River

All year

FSB

4

Ohau River

All year

FS

2

Max 450mm

Oroua River and its tributaries upstream of Ruahine Forest Park boundary

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

1

Oroua River downstream of Ruahine Forest Park boundary and upstream of Oroua Valley Road Bridge

All year

FSB

1

Oroua River downstream of Oroua Valley Road Bridge

All year

FSB

4

Otaki River and its tributaries upstream of Tararua Forest Park boundary

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

1

Otaki River downstream of Tararua Forest Park boundary

All year

FSB

1

Max 450mm

Pakuratahi Stream

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

1

Max 450mm

Pohangina River downstream of Totara Reserve Bridge

All year

FSB

2

Pohangina River upstream of Totara Reserve Bridge to Piripiri Bridge

All year

FS

1

Max 450mm

Pohangina River upstream of Piripiri Bridge

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

1

Max 450mm

Pohangina River tributaries

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

Pourangaki River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

1

Max 450mm

Rangitikei River and its tributaries upstream of Ohinewaione Stream confluence (about 9 river kilometres upstream of the Springvale Bridge) (refer to clause 4 for this region)

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

1

Max 550mm

Rangitikei River upstream of Matawhero Road Bridge (commonly called the Mangaohane Bridge) to the Ohinewaione Stream confluence

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

2

Max 550mm

Rangitikei River downstream of Matawhero Road Bridge (commonly called the Mangaohane Bridge)

All year

FSB

4

Ruamahunga River and its tributaries upstream of SH 2

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

1

Ruamahunga River downstream of SH 2

All year

FSB

4

Tauherenikau River and its tributaries upstream of SH 2

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

1

Tauherenikau River downstream of SH 2

All year

FSB

4

Tauweru River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

4

Tiraumea River

All year

FSB

4

Tokomaru River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

1

Max 450mm

Turitea Stream

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

4

Waikanae River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

1

Max 450mm

Waipoua River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

1

Max 450mm

Waingawa River and its tributaries upstream of SH 2

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

1

Max 550mm

Waingawa River downstream of SH 2

All year

FSB

4

Wainui Stream

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

1

Max 450mm

Wainuiomata River downstream of the main township bridge

1 Oct – 30 Apr

F

1

Max 550mm

Waiohine River and its tributaries upstream of SH 2

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

1

Waiohine River downstream of SH 2

All year

FSB

4

Waitawa, Lake (Otaki) – [Forest Lake]

All year

FSB

Tench 0

Whakatikei River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

1

Max 450mm

Whakaurekou River upstream of Ranitikei River confluence including tributaries within the Ruahine Ranges (refer to clause 4 for this region)

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

1

Max 450mm

Whitby Lakes

All year

FSB

Tench 0

3. Coarse Fishing Waters

Lake Waitawa (Otaki) (catch & release).

Please contact Forest Lakes Camping and Conference Centre (06) 364 8218 for permission to access Lake Waitawa.

Upper and Lower Whitby Lakes (catch & release).

Lake Wairarapa.

Ruamahanga Cut-off.

4. Wellington Backcountry Fisheries

Backcountry fishery

4.1 Definition:

(a) Rangitikei River backcountry fishery means the upper Rangitikei River and its tributaries upstream of the Ohinewaione Stream confluence.

(b) Whakaurekou River backcountry fishery means the Whakaurekou River from the confluence of the Rangitikei River, including the tributaries within the Ruahine Ranges (namely Mangatera, Maropea and Waikamaka Rivers).

The Rangitikei River and Whakaurekou River backcountry fisheries are a backcountry fishery (as defined in the Sports Fish Licences, Fees, and Forms Notice 2018) and all anglers who fish in them must first obtain a backcountry licence (obtainable from Wellington Fish and Game Council) in addition to an adult whole season licence, as defined in the Sports Fish Licences, Fees, and Forms Notice 2018, and the provisions of that notice apply to this notice.


Nelson/Marlborough Fish and Game Region

Reference to Description: New Zealand Gazette, 24 May 1990, No. 83, page 1861.

1. Definitions

See First Schedule.

2. Open Season, Permitted Methods, Daily Bag Limits

Note:

B = Brown trout

R = Rainbow trout

S = Salmon

* Child Licence Holder May Bait Fish

FS = Artificial Fly or Spin fishing only

All methods = Artificial Fly, Spin or Bait fishing permitted

2.1 Open Season for Trout

The season duration for brown and rainbow trout in all waters, including backcountry fisheries, shall be 1 October – 30 April, Artificial Fly or Spinner methods only, Bag Limit of 2 (however only one fish may exceed 500mm), except for the following listed waters (excluding their tributaries):

Waterway

Open Season

Permitted Methods

Species Open for Fishing

Daily Bag Limits

Aorere River downstream of Salisbury Road Bridge

All year

All methods

B

2

Argyle Pond (downstream of where powerline cross at head of lake) and lower hydro canals to confluence with the Wairau River

All year

All methods

B R

2

Awatere River

All year

All methods

B

2

Buller River downstream of Gowan Bridge

All year

All methods

B

2

Clarence River downstream of Acheron confluence

All year

All methods

B

2

Cobb Reservoir

All year

All methods

B R

4

Conway River

All year

All methods

B

2

Lyell Creek (Kaikoura) downstream of State Highway 1

All year

All methods

B

2

Maitai River downstream of Lower Nile Street Bridge

All year

FS*

B

2

Maruia River downstream of Maruia Falls

All year

All methods

B R

2

Matakitaki River downstream of State Highway 6 Bridge

All year

All methods

B

2

Middle Creek Kaikoura downstream of State Highway 1

All year

All methods

B

2

Motueka River downstream of Peninsula Road Bridge at Ngatimoti

All year

All methods

B

2

Oaro River

All year

All methods

B

2

Opawa River downstream of State Highway 1 Bridge (including Roses Overflow)

All year

All methods

B R

2

Pelorus River downstream of confluence with the Rai River

All year

All methods

B R

2

Rai River downstream of Carluke Bridge

All year

All methods

B R

2

Rotoiti Lake except for closed areas (refer to clause 3 for this region.)

All year

All methods

B

4

Rotoroa Lake except for closed areas (refer to clause 3 for this region.)

All year

All methods

B R

4

Takaka River downstream of confluence with the Waingaro River

All year

All methods

B

2

Taylor River downstream of New Renwick Road Bridge (excluding Hutchinson St Bridge – Opawa Loop confluence)

All year

 

All methods

 

B R

 

2

 

Taylor River from Hutchinson St Bridge to Opawa Loop confluence

Junior only

All methods

BR

1

Taylor Dam

All year

FS*

BR

2

Tennyson Lake

1 Oct – 30 Apr

All methods

B

4

Wairau River downstream of Wash Bridge including the Diversion and the Southern Valley Irrigation Intake Pond

All year

All methods

B R

2

Wairoa River / Waimea River downstream of confluence with the Lee River

All year

All methods

B

2

2.2 Open Season for Salmon:

Waterways not listed below are closed for salmon fishing.

Waterway

Open Season

Permitted Methods

Species Open for Fishing

Daily Bag Limits

Aorere River downstream of Salisbury Road Bridge

1 Oct – 30 Apr

All methods

S

2

Anatoki River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

S

2

Clarence River downstream of the Acheron confluence

1 Oct – 30 Apr

All methods

S

2

Lyell Creek (Kaikoura) downstream of State Highway 1

1 Oct – 30 Apr

All methods

S

2

Opawa Loop downstream of the Snowden Crescent Walkway footbridge to the Taylor River confluence – Child/Junior only

All year

All methods

S

1

Pelorus River downstream of confluence with the Rai River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

All methods

S

2

Takaka River downstream of confluence with the Waingaro River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

All methods

S

2

Taylor River downstream of New Renwick Rd Bridge (excluding Hutchinson St Bridge – Opawa Loop confluence)

1 Oct – 30 Apr

All methods

 

S

 

1

 

Taylor River from Hutchinson St Bridge to Opawa Loop confluence – Child/Junior only

All year

All methods

S

1

Waikoropupu River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

S

2

Wairau River downstream of Wash Bridge including the Diversion and the Southern Valleys Irrigation Intake Pond

1 Oct – 30 Apr

All methods

S

2

3. Closed Waters

3.1 No licence holder shall take sports fish from Lake Rotoiti or Lake Rotoroa between 1 May and 30 September, within 100m from the centre of the meeting line with the lakes, of the following rivers and streams:

Lake Rotoiti:

(a) Travers River

(b) Coldwater Stream

(c) Black Valley Stream

(d) Buller River

Lake Rotoroa:

(a) Sabine River

(b) D’Urville River

(c) Gowan River

3.2 Waimea River Park Educational Fishery:

Closed season except by special permit or public notification.

3.3 No licence holder shall fish for sports fish in the following waters:

(a) Opawa Loop downstream of the Snowden crescent Walkway foot bridge to the Taylor River confluence unless the holder of a child or junior’s licence.

(b) Taylor River from Hutchinson St Bridge to Opawa Loop confluence unless the holder of a child or junior’s licence.

4. Authorised Tackle

4.1 Refer to clause 2 for this region.

4.2 Down riggers are permitted when lake fishing.

5. Fly Fishing Only Waters

There are no “fly fishing only” waters in the Nelson/Marlborough Region.

6. Bait Fishing Waters

Refer to clause 2 for this region.

7. Coarse Fishing Waters

Fishing for coarse fish in all waters in the Nelson/Marlborough Region is prohibited.

8. Use of Boats

No licence holder shall fish for sports fish from any boat in those parts of Lake Rotoiti and Lake Rotoroa within 100m from the centre of the meeting lines with the lakes of the following rivers and streams:

Lake Rotoiti:

(a) Travers River.

(b) Coldwater Stream.

(c) Black Valley Stream.

(d) Buller River.

Lake Rotoroa:

(a) Sabine River.

(b) D’Urville River.

(c) Gowan River.

9. Daily Bag Limits

9.1 No licence holder shall on any day take, kill or be in possession of more than the bag limits specified in clauses 2.1–2.2 for this region.

10. Fish Length

There is no minimum size limit for trout or salmon taken in the Nelson/Marlborough Fish and Game Region. Where the daily bag limit permits the taking of 2 fish on waters open 1 Oct–30 April, only one fish may exceed 500mm from nose tip to middle fork of tail, excluding salmon.

11. Nelson/Marlborough Backcountry Fishery

11.1 Definition:

Backcountry fishery in this region means:

(a) The Goulter backcountry fishery which means the Goulter River catchment upstream of the confluence with the Wairau River.

(b) The Travers backcountry fishery which means the Travers River catchment upstream of the marked Coldwater/Lake Head DOC walking track river crossing.

(c) The Wairau backcountry fishery which means the upper Wairau River and tributaries (but excluding Fish Lake) upstream from the Wash Bridge.

(d) The Matakitaki backcountry fishery which means the upper Matakitaki River and tributaries upstream from the Horse Terrace bridge.

11.2 All anglers who fish in the backcountry fishery (as defined by the Sports Fish Licences, Fees, and Forms Notice 2018) must obtain a backcountry licence (as defined by the Sports Fish Licences, Fees, and Forms Notice 2018) and the provisions of that notice apply to this notice.


West Coast Fish and Game Region

Reference to Description: New Zealand Gazette, 24 May 1990, No. 83, page 1861.

1. Definitions

For interpretation of terms, refer to the First Schedule of this Notice or the Freshwater Fisheries Regulations 1983.

2. Open Season

2.1 Open season for trout and perch

The season duration for trout and perch in all waters shall be 1 October–30 April (incl.) except in the following waters the season duration for trout and perch (excluding tributaries) shall be all year:

Ahaura River

Downstream of Granite Creek

Arahura River

Downstream of Milltown (Landsburgh) Bridge

Arawhata River

Downstream of Haast-Jackson Bay Road

Arnold River

 

Big Ditch Creek

Downstream of State Highway 67

Big Totara River

Downstream of State Highway 6

Brunner Lake

 

Buller River

Downstream of Lyell confluence

Cascade River

Downstream of Martyr confluence

Cook River

Downstream of State Highway 6

Deadmans Creek

Downstream of State Highway 67

Ellery, Lake

 

Grey River

Downstream of Clarke confluence

Haast River

Downstream of Pleasant Flat Bridge

Hapuka River

 

Haupiri, Lake

 

Hindleys Creek

 

Hokitika River

 

Ianthe, Lake

Excluding outlet

Inangahua River (Lower)

From Perseverance Bridge to Buller confluence

Jacobs River

Downstream of State Highway 6

Kaniere, Lake

 

Kaniere River

 

Karamea River

Downstream of cableway at mouth of Lower Gorge

Karangarua River

Downstream of State Highway 6

Kohaihai River

Downstream of Heaphy Track Bridge

Kokatahi River

Downstream of Styx Confluence

Kumara/Kapitea Reservoir system

Downstream of Old Christchurch Road

Little Totara River

Downstream of State Highway 6

Little Wanganui River

Downstream of State Highway 67

Mahinapua, Lake and outlet creek

 

Mahitahi River

Downstream of State Highway 6

Mapourika, Lake

 

Martins Creek

Downstream of Martins Creek Bridge

Mikonui River

Downstream of State Highway 6

Moeraki, Lake

 

Moeraki River

Downstream of State Highway 6

Mokihinui River

Downstream of cableway at Welcome Creek

New River

Downstream of State Highway 6

Ngakawau River

Downstream of State Highway 67

Nile River

Downstream of Awakere confluence

Ohinetamatea River

 

Okari River

Downstream of State Highway 6

Okarito River and lagoon

 

Okuru River

Downstream of Haast-Jackson Bay Road

Omoeroa River

Downstream of State Highway 6

Oparara River

Downstream of Karamea-Kohaihai Road

Orowaiti River

Downstream of State Highway 67

Paringa, Lake

 

Paringa River

Downstream of State Highway 6

Poerua River (South Westland)

Downstream of State Highway 6

Porarari River

Downstream of State Highway 6

Punakaiki River

Downstream of State Highway 6

Taramakau River

Downstream of bridge at Jacksons

Totara River

Downstream of State Highway 6

Turnbull River

Downstream of Haast-Jackson Bay Road

Wahapo, Lake

 

Waiatoto River

Downstream of Haast-Jackson Bay Road

Waikukupa River

Downstream of State Highway 6

Waimangaroa River

Downstream of State Highway 67

Waita River

Downstream of State Highway 6

Waitaha River

Downstream of State Highway 6

Wanganui River

Downstream of State Highway 6

Whakapohi River

Downstream of State Highway 6

Whareatea River

Downstream of State Highway 67

Whataroa River

 

Whitcombe River

 

2.2 Open season for salmon:

 

The open season for salmon in the Okarito River, Windbag Stream and Lakes Mapourika, Paringa and Moeraki shall be

 

1 October – 31 March (incl.)

 

All other waters

1 October – 30 April (incl.)

3. Closed Waters

McDonalds Creek at Lake Mapourika is closed to fishing at all times.

4. Authorised Tackle

All legal methods as described in the First Schedule to this notice are permitted in all waters.

5. Fly Fishing Only Waters

There are no fly fishing only waters in the West Coast Region.

6. Bait Fishing

Bait fishing is permitted in all waters.

7. Coarse Fishing Waters

There are no special conditions relating to coarse fishing other than those provided for in the First Schedule to this notice.

8. Use of Boats

There are no special conditions relating to the use of boats for angling.

9. Daily Bag Limits

9.1 In all other waters, except in the case of perch for which there is no daily limit, no licence holder shall on any day take, kill or be in possession of more than:

(a) 2 brown trout.

(b) 2 rainbow trout.

(c) 2 salmon.

10. Fish Length

The minimum length for trout and salmon in the following waters shall be 250mm:

Lake Ellery.

Lake Mapourika.

Lake Moeraki.

Lake Paringa.

In all other waters there shall be no minimum length.

11. West Coast Backcountry Fishery

11.1 Definition:

Backcountry fishery in this region means:

(a) The Karamea backcountry fishery which means the Karamea catchment upstream of the confluence with the Kakapo River.

(b) The Mokihinui River which means the Mokihinui catchment upstream of the confluence with Rough and Tumble Creek.

11.2 All anglers who fish in the backcountry fishery (as defined by the Sports Fish Licences, Fees, and Forms Notice 2018) must obtain a backcountry licence (as defined by the Sports Fish Licences, Fees, and Forms Notice 2018) and the provisions of that notice apply to this notice.


North Canterbury Fish and Game Region

Reference to Description: New Zealand Gazette, 24 May 1990, No. 83, page 1861.

1. Definitions

For interpretation of terms, refer to the First Schedule of this notice or the Freshwater Fisheries Regulations 1983.

1.1 The North Canterbury Fish and Game Region is divided into two zones:

“Eastern Zone”: The area to the east of a line extending from a white post on the south bank of the Rakaia River (on Double Hill Road visible from the river) to a white post on the north bank (near the Coleridge Power Station tailrace), to the confluence of Staircase Stream and the Waimakariri River (above Woodstock), to the Ashley Gorge Road Bridge on the Ashley River, to the junction of the Hurunui River with the South Branch, to the junction of the Waiau and Hope Rivers; and excluding Lake Rubicon.

“Western Zone”: The area to the west of the eastern zone plus Lake Rubicon.

2. Open Season, Permitted Methods, Daily Bag Limits

2.1 Except as closed under clause 3 for this region or restricted elsewhere in this notice.

Anglers please note: The tables below are to be read in conjunction with the following clauses for this region.

(a) Clause 3 for waters where anglers are not allowed to fish.

(b) Clause 5 for waters recognised as coarse fishing waters.

(c) Clause 6 for further restrictions on bait fishing where “FSB” are allowed.

(d) Clause 8 for further restrictions of daily bag limits.

(e) Clause 9 for further restrictions on maximum fish lengths allowed.


Permitted Methods definition

F = Artificial Fly fishing only

FS = Artificial Fly or Spin fishing only

FSB = Artificial Fly, Spin or Bait fishing permitted

Lakes

Open Season

Permitted Methods

Trout
Limits

Salmon
Limit

Blackwater, Lake

10 Dec – 30 Apr

FS

2

n/a

Christchurch Groynes Fishing Lakes: the four ponds at the western end of the Groynes reserve signposted as designated fishing lakes

All year

FSB

2

2

Coleridge, Lake

4 Nov – 30 Apr
and
1 Jun – 31 Aug

FS

 

2

 

2

4

 

4

Courtenay, Lake

All year

FSB

2

2

Ellesmere, Lake

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

2

Evelyn, Lake

4 Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

n/a

Forsyth, Lake

All year

FSB

2

n/a

Georgina, Lake

4 Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

n/a

Grasmere, Lake

4 Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

n/a

Guyon, Lake

4 Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

n/a

Hawdon, Lake

4 Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

n/a

Henrietta, Lake

4 Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

n/a

Ida, Lake and Little Ida Lake

4 Nov – 30 Apr

F

2

n/a

Kaiapoi Lakes

All year

FSB

2

n/a

Katrine, Loch

All year

FS

2

2

Letitia, Lake

4 Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

n/a

Lilian, Lake

4 Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

n/a

Lyndon, Lake

4 Nov – 30 Apr
and
1 Jun – 31 Aug

FSB

2

n/a

Marymere, Lake

4 Nov – 30 Apr

F

2

n/a

Mason, Lake

4 Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

n/a

Minchin, Lake

4 Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

n/a

Monck (Catherine), Lake

4 Nov – 30 Apr

F

2

n/a

Monopolies Pond

All year

FSB

2

n/a

Pearson, Lake

4 Nov – 30 Apr
and
1 Jun – 30 Sep

FS

2

2

Rotokohatu, Lake

All year

FSB

2

n/a

Rubicon, Lake

4 Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

n/a

Sarah, Lake

4 Nov – 30 Apr

F

2

n/a

Selfe, Lake

4 Nov – 30 Apr
and
1 Jun – 30 Sep

FS

2

n/a

Sheppard, Lake

4 Nov – 30 Apr

F

2

n/a

Sumner, Lake

All year

FS

2

2

Taylor, Lake

4 Nov – 30 Apr
and
1 Jun – 30 Sep

FS

 

2

 

n/a

Eastern Zone Rivers

Open Season

Permitted Methods

Trout
Limit

Salmon
Limit

Ashley River, downstream of Ashley Gorge Road Bridge to State Highway One

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

2

Ashley River, downstream of Ashley Gorge Road Bridge to State Highway One

1 May – 30 Sep

FS

0

0

Ashley River, downstream of State Highway One

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

2

Avon River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

2

Cam River, upstream of Smith Street Bridge

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

0

Cam River from the confluence of the Kaiapoi River to the Smith Street Bridge

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

1

Cust River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

0

Halswell River & Canal

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

n/a

Harts Creek

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

n/a

Hawkins River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

1

n/a

Heathcote River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

2

Hororata River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

n/a

Hurunui River, downstream of South Branch confluence (Eastern Zone)

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

2

Hurunui River, downstream of South Branch confluence (Eastern Zone)

1 May – 30 Sep

FS

0

0

Irwell River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

1

n/a

Kaiapoi River, upstream of Cust Main Drain confluence

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

0

Kaiapoi River, downstream of Williams St Bridge

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

1

Kaiapoi River upstream of Williams Street Bridge & below the Cust Main Drain

1 Oct – 31 Mar

FSB

2

1

Kaituna River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

1

n/a

Leader River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

2

Lee Stream

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

2

LII (L2) River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

n/a

Mandamus River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

1

0

Okana River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

1

n/a

Okuku River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

1

n/a

Okuti River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

n/a

Pahau River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

1

0

Otukaikino Creek (South Branch of Waimakariri)

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

0

Rakaia River, downstream of Coleridge Tailrace confluence (Eastern Zone) to State Highway One

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

2

Rakaia River, downstream of Coleridge Tailrace confluence (Eastern Zone) to State Highway One

1 May – 30 Sep

FS

0

0

Rakaia River, downstream of State Highway One

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

2

Saltwater Creek

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

2

Selwyn River downstream of State Highway 77 Bridge

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

n/a

Styx River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

2

Tentburn Stream

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

2

Waiau River, downstream of Hope River confluence (Eastern Zone)

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

2

Waiau River, downstream of Hope River confluence (Eastern Zone)

1 May – 30 Sep

FS

0

0

Waikari River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

1

n/a

Waimakariri River, downstream of Staircase Stream confluence (Eastern Zone) to State Highway One

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

2

Waimakariri River, downstream of Staircase Stream confluence (Eastern Zone) to State Highway One

1 May – 30 Sep

FS

0

0

Waimakariri River, downstream of State Highway One

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

2

Waipara River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

1

n/a

Wairewa River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

n/a

Waitohi River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

1

0

Western Zone Rivers

Open Season

Permitted Methods

Trout
Limits

Salmon
Limit

Ada River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

1

0

Ashley River, upstream of Ashley Gorge Road Bridge

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

1

0

Avoca River

1 Dec – 30 Apr

FS

1

0

Boyle River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

1

0

Broken River

4 Nov – 30 Apr

FS

1

0

Cass Hill Stream (Bullock Creek)

1 Oct – 31 Mar

FS

2

0

Coleridge Tailrace

1 Oct – 31 Mar

FS

2

0

Cora Lynn Stream

1 Oct – 31 Mar

FS

2

0

Double Hill Stream & Double Hill Flat Stream

1 Oct – 28 Feb

FS

2

0

Doubtful River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

1

0

Esk River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

2

0

Glenariffe Stream

1 Oct – 28 Feb

FS

2

0

Goat Hill Stream

1 Oct – 28 Feb

FS

2

0

Harper River including diversion and tributaries

1 Dec – 30 Apr

FS

1

0

Henry River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

1

0

Hope River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

1

0

Hurunui River, upstream of Lake Sumner

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

1

0

Hurunui River, between Lake Sumner and South Branch confluence

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

2

0

Hurunui River, South Branch

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

1

0

Hydra Waters, including Titan Stream

1 Oct – 28 Feb

FS

2

0

Lake Stream

1 Oct – 31 Mar

FS

2

0

Lewis River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

1

0

Manuka Point Stream

1 Oct – 28 Feb

FS

2

0

Nina River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

1

0

Porter River

4 Nov – 30 Apr

FS

1

0

Poulter River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

2

0

Rakaia River, upstream of Coleridge Tailrace confluence

1 Oct – 31 Mar

FS

2

0

Ryton River

1 Dec – 30 Apr

FS

2

0

Selwyn River, upstream of State Highway 77 Bridge (at Glentunnel)

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

1

n/a

Slovens Creek

4 Nov – 30 Apr

FS

1

0

Waiau River, upstream of Hope River confluence

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

1

0

Waimakariri River, upstream of Staircase Stream confluence

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

2

0

Wilberforce Diversion

1 Dec – 30 Apr

FS

2

0

Wilberforce River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

2

0

Winding Creek

10 Dec – 31 Mar

FS

2

0

2.2 All lakes, rivers and streams in the Eastern Zone not mentioned in clause 2 for this region:

1 October to 30 April All legal methods 2 trout, 2 salmon


2.3 All lakes in the Western Zone not mentioned in clause 2 for this region:

4 November to 30 April Spinner, fly 2 trout


2.4 All tributaries of Western Zone lakes not mentioned in clause 2 for this region:

1 December to 30 April Spinner, fly 2 trout


2.5 All other rivers and streams in the Western Zone not mentioned in clause 2 for this region:

1 October to 30 April Spinner, fly 2 trout

3. Closed Waters

3.1 No one shall fish for sports fish in the following waters:

(a) Avon River between the Armagh Street Bridge at Hagley Park and the Barbadoes Street Bridge.

(b) Clearwater Lakes with the exception of Lake 3, Lake 4 and Lake 5.

(c) St Annes Lagoon near Cheviot.

(d) The tailrace of the Highbank Power Station.

(e) Within a 100m arc of the outfall of any licensed fish farm, with the exception of the Tentburn Outfall, where fishing for trout and salmon is permitted, but no fishing is allowed on the culvert.

3.2 No licence holder shall fish for coarse fish in the following waters:

Clearwater Resort fishing lakes.

Ferrymead Park lakes.

Christchurch Groynes lakes.

Westlake near Halswell.

3.3 No licence holder shall fish for salmon in the following waters:

(a) All rivers from 1 May to 30 September.

(b) Cam River and its tributaries upstream of the Smith Street Bridge.

(c) Hacketts Creek from 1 March to 30 April.

(d) The Kowhai River and its tributaries from 1 March to 30 April.

(e) The Kaiapoi River and tributaries upstream of Williams Street Bridge to the confluence with the Cust Main Drain from 1 April – 30 September.

(f) The Kaiapoi River and tributaries upstream of the confluence with the Cust Main Drain.

(g) Mandamus River.

(h) Pahau River.

(i) Waitohi River.

(j) Otukaikino/South Branch upstream of the confluence with the Waimakariri River.

(k) The Western Zone of rivers in the North Canterbury region.

3.4 No person other than a child (aged 12 or under as at 1 October 2018) or junior licence holder (under the age of 18 years as at 1 October 2018) shall fish in the Christchurch Groynes Fishing Lakes or Courtenay Lake at Kaiapoi.

4. Authorised Tackle

Scented artificial lures may be used in all waters other than fly-fishing-only waters, when actively retrieved so as to imitate a moving bait fish.

See the First Schedule of this notice for other definitions.

5. Coarse Fishing Waters

Avon River downstream of Barbadoes Street Bridge.

Forsyth Lake.

Halswell Canal downstream of Duck Pond Road.

Halswell River downstream of Seabridge Road.

Kaiapoi Lakes.

Monopolies Pond.

Okana River downstream of State Highway 75.

Rotokohatu Lake.

6. Bait Fishing Waters

6.1 A person may bait fish for trout in the Eastern Zone between 1 October and 30 April only, except at:

6.1.1 Christchurch Groynes Fishing Lakes and Courtenay Lake, where bait fishing is permitted all year for Child and Junior Anglers only.

6.1.2 Selwyn River upstream of State Highway 77 Bridge at Glentunnel, where bait fishing is prohibited all year.

6.2 Bait fishing for trout is prohibited in the Western Zone except at Lake Lyndon where Child and Junior Anglers only may bait fish.

6.3 Bait fishing for salmon is prohibited except in the:

6.3.1 Courtenay Lake all year for Child and Junior Anglers only.

6.3.2 Kaiapoi River below the confluence with the Cust Main Drain between 1 October and 31 March.

6.3.3 The Christchurch Groynes Fishing Lakes all year for Child and Junior Anglers only.

6.3.4 Use of scented artificial lures for salmon fishing provided the lure is actively retrieved to imitate a moving bait fish.

7. Use of Boats

7.1 Fishing from boats which are simultaneously being propelled by a motor (trolling) is permitted in:

All rivers.

Lake Coleridge.

Lake Ellesmere (Te Waihora).

Lake Forsyth (Te Wairewa).

Lake Lyndon.

Lake Sumner.

Lake Taylor.

Loch Katrine.

7.2 Fishing from boats which are not simultaneously being propelled by a motor is permitted in:

All rivers.

All eastern zone lakes.

Lake Coleridge.

Lake Evelyn.

Lake Georgina.

Lake Grasmere.

Lake Hawdon.

Lake Henrietta.

Loch Katrine.

Lake Letitia.

Lake Lilian.

Lake Lyndon.

Lake Pearson.

Lake Sarah.

Lake Selfe.

Lake Sheppard.

Lake Sumner.

Lake Taylor.

8. Daily Bag Limits

8.1 No licence holder shall take or kill more than 1 Tench from the coarse fishing waters named in clause 5 for this region.

8.2 In addition to the daily limit bags described in clauses 2 and 8.1 for this region, on any one day a licence holder is only permitted to take, kill or be in possession of no more than 4 sports fish caught that day, of which no more than 2 may be salmon, except in Lake Coleridge.

8.3 No person may take Salmon from any river between the hours of 11pm and 4am in December and January, and between 10pm and 5am for any other month of the year.

8.4 Anglers are strongly encouraged to limit their season catch to a maximum of 4 salmon. Angler harvest data indicates this may be one of the key freshwater components having an impact on the declining salmon fishery. Further restrictions may be imposed if harvest / spawning number ratios do not improve and the salmon fishery shows no signs of recovery. For further information you can download the report Restoration of the Salmon Fishery – a strategic outline here: https://fishandgame.org.nz/dmsdocument/1194.

Note: The daily bag limit for salmon in the Kaiapoi River is 1 salmon per day.

9. Fish Length

9.1 No licence holder shall be in possession of a sports fish which exceeds a maximum length of:

(a) 400mm from the following waters: Ashley River upstream of Ashley Gorge Road Bridge, Broken River and its tributaries (including Porter River and Slovens Creek), Hurunui River upstream of Lake Sumner, South Branch of the Hurunui River, Waiau River and all of its tributaries upstream of the Hope River Confluence, Hope River and all of its tributaries including the Boyle, Doubtful, Lewis and Nina Rivers, Harper River and tributaries including the Avoca River.

(b) 450mm for Lake Sumner Chinook salmon.

(c) 150mm for Tench in coarse fishing waters.

(d) 250mm for Perch in the Kaiapoi Lakes.

9.2 No licence holder shall be in possession of a trout or salmon less than 300mm anywhere in the region.


Central South Island Fish and Game Region

Reference to Description: New Zealand Gazette, 24 May 1990, No. 83, page 1861, as amended by New Zealand Gazette, 29 August 1991, No. 129, page 2786.

1. Definitions

See First Schedule.

2. Open Season, Permitted Methods, Daily Bag Limits

2.1 The open season in all waters of the Region is from 1 October to 30 April except where otherwise specified in clause 2.4 for this region or closed season under clause 3 for this region.

2.2 All legal methods as described in the First Schedule are permitted in all waters of the Region except where otherwise specified in clauses 2.4, 4 or 6 for this region.

2.3 The daily limit bag in all waters of the Region is 2 trout and 2 salmon except where otherwise specified in clause 2.4 for this region.

2.4 Open season, permitted methods and daily bag limits for Central South Island Rivers and Lakes:

Permitted Methods definition

F = Artificial Fly fishing only

FS = Artificial Fly or Spin fishing only

FSB = Artificial Fly, Spin or Bait fishing permitted

Rivers / Lakes

Open Season

Permitted Methods

Trout
Limit

Salmon
Limit

Ahuriri River and its tributaries upstream of and including Longslip Creek

1 Dec – 30 Apr

FS

2

2

Ahuriri River and its tributaries downstream of Longslip Creek except Omarama Stream

3 Nov – 30 Apr

FS

4

2

Ahuriri River Lagoons

1 Dec – 30 Apr

F

2

n/a

Alexandrina, Lake and its tributaries

3 Nov – 30 Apr

FS

4

2

     

max 1 brown

Alexandrina, Lake Winter Season

1 Jun – 31 July

FS

2 trout or salmon
nil brown trout

Ashburton River North Branch

1 Oct – 31 Mar

FS

2

2

 

1 Apr – 30 Apr

FS

2

Closed

Ashburton River South Branch and tributaries upstream of Taylors Stream junction

1 Oct – 31 Mar

FS

2

2

 

1 Apr – 30 Apr

FS

1

n/a

Ashburton River South Branch and tributaries downstream of Taylors Stream junction and Ashburton River downstream of North and South branch junction

1 Oct – 31 Mar

1 Apr – 30 Apr

FSB

FSB

4

4

2

Closed

Ashburton River downstream of State Highway 1

1 Jun – 31 Aug

FS

2 trout or salmon

Aviemore, Lake

All year

FSB

4

2

Aviemore, Lake tributaries except Deep Stream and Otematata River

3 Nov – 30 Apr

FSB

4

2

Benmore, Lake

All year

FSB

4

2

Benmore, Lake tributaries except Tekapo, Ahuriri and Otematapaio rivers

3 Nov – 30 Apr

FSB

4

2

Cameron, Loch child licence holders

3 Nov – 30 Apr

FSB

2

2

Cameron Loch other than child licence holders

3 Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

2

Camp, Lake

3 Nov – 31 May

FS

2

n/a

Centennial Park Lake (Timaru)

All year

FSB

2

n/a

Clearwater, Lake and its tributaries

3 Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

n/a

Deep Stream and tributaries east of the bridge where it enters Lake Aviemore

3 Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

2

Deep Creek, a tributary to the upper Rangitata River

1 Oct – 28 Feb

FS

2

2

 

1 Mar – 31 Mar

FS

2

Closed

Deep Stream, a tributary to the upper Rangitata River

1 Oct – 28 Feb

FS

2

2

 

1 Mar – 31 Mar

FS

2

Closed

Denny, Lake and its tributaries

3 Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

n/a

Donn, Lake and its tributaries

3 Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

n/a

Emily, Lake and its tributaries

3 Nov – 30 Apr

F

2

n/a

Emma, Lake and its tributaries

3 Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

n/a

Grays River

3 Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

n/a

Hakataramea River

3 Nov – 31 Mar

FS

2

2

 

1 Apr – 30 Apr

FS

2

Closed

Heron, Lake and its tributaries

3 Nov – 30 Apr

FSB

6 trout or salmon total
and no more than
4 to be trout
or 6 to be salmon

High country tarns or lagoons

3 Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

n/a

Hinds River child or junior licence holders

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

2

Hinds River other than child or junior licence holders

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

2

2

Hood, Lake

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

4

2

 

1 Jun – 31 Aug

FS

2 trout or salmon

Irishmans Stream

3 Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

n/a

Kakanui River and tributaries upstream of Five Forks Bridge

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

2

2

Kakanui River and tributaries downstream of Five Forks Bridge

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

4

2

Lake Stream

1 Oct – 31 Mar

FSB

2

Closed

Larch Stream

3 Nov – 31 Jan

FSB

2

2

MacGregor, Lake

3 Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

2

Maerewhenua River

3 Nov – 31 Mar

1 Apr – 30 Apr

FS

FS

2

2

2

Closed

Maori Lakes and their tributaries

3 Nov – 30 Apr

F

2

n/a

Mary Burn

3 Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

n/a

Merino, Lake

3 Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

n/a

Middleton, Lake

All year

FSB

4

2

Middleton, Lake tributaries

3 Nov – 30 Apr

FSB

4

2

Mystery, Lake and its tributaries

3 Nov – 30 Apr

F

2

n/a

Ohapi Stream

1 Oct – 31 Mar

FS

2

2

 

 

1 Apr – 30 Apr

FS

2

Closed

Ohau Canal from Lake Ruataniwha to Ohau C Station

All year

FSB

4 sports fish of which no more than 2 to be trout

Ohau, Lake

All year

FSB

4

2

Ohau River, Upper, between Lakes Ohau and Ruataniwha

 

1 Oct – 30 Apr

1 Sep – 30 Sep 2019

FS

FS

2

2

2

2

Omarama Stream

3 Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

2

Opihi River upstream of Opuha River junction

1 Oct – 31 Mar

FSB

2

2

 

1 Apr – 30 Apr

FSB

2

Closed

Opihi River downstream of Opuha River junction

1 Oct – 31 Mar

FSB

4

2

 

1 Apr – 30 Apr

FSB

4

Closed

Opihi River downstream of State Highway 1

1 Jun – 31 Aug

FS

2 trout or salmon

Opuha, Lake and its tributaries

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

6 trout or salmon total
and no more than
4 to be trout
or 6 to be salmon

Opuha River and its tributaries

1 Oct – 31 Mar

FSB

4

2

 

1 Apr – 30 Apr

FSB

4

Closed

Orari River and tributaries upstream of Slip Panel Stream

1 Oct – 31 Mar

FSB

2

2

 

1 Apr – 30 Apr

FSB

2

Closed

Orari River and tributaries downstream of Slip Panel Stream

1 Oct – 31 Mar

FSB

4

2

 

1 Apr – 30 Apr

FSB

4

Closed

Otematapaio River

3 Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

 

Otematata River and its tributaries upstream of Clear Stream

3 Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

2

Otematata River and its tributaries downstream of Clear Stream

3 Nov – 30 Apr

FS

4

2

Poaka, Lake

3 Nov – 30 Apr

F

2

n/a

Pukaki, Lake

All year

FSB

4

2

Pukaki, Lake tributaries

3 Nov – 30 Apr

FSB

4

2

Pukaki – Ohau A Canal

All year

FSB

4 sports fish of which no more than 2 to be trout

Rangitata Diversion Race from the intake downstream to Rakaia River Road

All year

FSB

4

2

Rangitata River and tributaries upstream of Turn Again Point about 12km above the gorge

1 Oct – 28 Feb

1 Mar – 31 Mar

FS

FS

2

2

2

Closed

Rangitata River and tributaries downstream of Turn Again Point

1 Oct – 31 Mar

1 Apr – 30 Apr

FSB

FSB

4

4

2

0

Rangitata River downstream of State Highway 1

1 Jun – 31 Aug

FS

2 trout or salmon

Roundabout, Lake and its tributaries

3 Nov – 30 Apr

F

2

n/a

Ruataniwha, Lake including Wairepo Arm and Kellands Pond

All year

FSB

2

2

Ruataniwha, Lake, Wairepo Arm and Kellands Pond tributaries, excluding Ohau River, Upper

3 Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

2

Saltwater Creek

All year

FSB

2

n/a

Spider, Lake and its tributaries

3 Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

n/a

Tekapo, Lake

All year

FSB

6 trout or salmon total
and no more than
4 to be trout
or 4 to be salmon

Tekapo, Lake tributaries

3 Nov – 30 Apr

FSB

4

2

Tekapo – Pukaki hydro canal

All year

FSB

4 sports fish of which no more than 2 to be trout

Tekapo River upstream of lower powerlines across the river about 1km upstream of Lake Benmore

3 Nov – 30 Apr

FSB

4

2

Tekapo River downstream of lower powerlines across the river about 1km upstream of Lake Benmore

All year

FSB

4

2

Temuka River and tributaries

1 Oct – 31 Mar

FSB

4

2

 

1 Apr – 30 Apr

FSB

4

Closed

Tengawai River

1 Oct – 31 Mar

FS

2

2

 

1 Apr – 30 Apr

FS

2

Closed

Tinwald Domain pond, child licence holders only

All year

FSB

2

n/a

Twizel River and its tributaries

1 Nov – 30 Apr

FS

2

2

Waihao River upstream of Forks Bridges

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

2

n/a

Waihao River downstream of Forks Bridges

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

4

2

Waihi River and tributaries

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

4

2

Waitaki, Lake

All year

FSB

4

2

Waitaki Lake tributaries

1 Nov – 30 Apr

FSB

4

2

Waitaki River and tributaries

1 Oct – 31 Mar

FSB

4

2

 

1 Apr – 30 Apr

FSB

4

Closed

Waitaki River downstream of State Highway 1

1 Jun – 31 Aug

FS

2 trout or salmon

3. Closed Season

3.1 No licence holder shall fish for sports fish in the following waters:

Aviemore spawning race.

Awakino River.

Tinwald Domain Pond if the holder of other than a child’s licence.

3.2 No licence holder shall fish for sea run salmon in the following waters:

Lake Stream.

Ashburton River and its tributaries between 1 April and 30 April.

Opihi River and its tributaries between 1 April and 30 April.

Opuha River and its tributaries between 1 April and 30 April.

Orari River and its tributaries between 1 April and 30 April.

Rangitata River and its tributaries between 1 April and 30 April.

Rangitata River and tributaries upstream of Turn Again Point and shown by the white posts on the riverbank between 1 March and 30 April.

Waitaki River and its tributaries between 1 April and 30 April.

3.3 No licence holder shall fish for trout in the following waters:

Rangitata River and tributaries upstream of Turn Again Point and shown by the white posts on the riverbank between 1 April and 30 April.

Lake Stream between 1 April and 30 April.

3.4 No licence holder shall fish for sockeye salmon in any river or stream between 1 March and 30 April.

4. Authorised Tackle

4.1 No licence holder when fishing for sports fish shall use any unsportsmanlike device or method.

4.2 No licence holder shall continue to fish on any day after having foul hooked three sports fish, even though any such sports fish have been returned immediately in accordance with the First Schedule of this notice.

4.3 A licence holder when fishing for sports fish in the Rangitata River or its tributaries:

4.3.1 may use, seaward of a line extending through two GPS points (-44.181807°, 171.499428° and -44.179319°, 171.504111°) and where part of the line is marked by two poles situated approximately 1km from the coast, an artificial fly only if the total weight of everything attached to the cast does not exceed 28g.

4.3.2 may cast other than from the reel or retrieve other than by winding the reel only when using bait or fly fishing, or when fishing with an artificial fly seaward of a line extending through two GPS points (-44.181807°, 171.499428° and -44.179319°, 171.504111°) and where part of the line is marked by two poles situated approximately 1km from the coast.

4.4 Down riggers, paravanes, metal cored or wire lines and weights to assist sinking of trolled lures are prohibited in Lake Alexandrina.

4.5 Any licence holder who lands a sports fish and does not want to keep it shall immediately return it with as little injury as possible into the water from which it was taken.

5. Coarse Fishing Waters

Centennial Park Lake (Timaru).

Island Stream.

Saltwater Creek.

Waiareka Stream.

6. Use of Boats

6.1 Fishing from boats is prohibited in:

Lake Camp.

Lake Denny.

Lake Donn.

Lake Emily.

Kellands Pond.

Lake Roundabout.

Lake Spider.

Wairepo Arm of Lake Ruataniwha.

That part of the region seaward of the Rangitata River mouth, except from an anchored boat between the hours of 7.00am and 9.00pm on any day at a seaward distance greater than 200m from the nearest shore at low tide. The seaward boundary of the Central South Island Region around the Rangitata River mouth is a line drawn at a distance of 500m from any place where at low tide the waters of the river meet the waters of the sea.

Fishing from any unmoored boat is prohibited in:

Lake Emma.

Lake MacGregor.

Lake Middleton.

Maori Lakes.

7. Fish Length

7.1 The minimum length for salmon killed in waters of the region shall be 300mm except in Lake Heron where the minimum length shall be 250mm and the maximum length shall be 450mm.

7.2 No person shall in any one day take or be in possession of more than two salmon greater than 500mm taken from the McKenzie hydro canals. The McKenzie hydro canals are the Tekapo – Pukaki, and Pukaki – Ohau hydro canals, and Ohau Canal from State Highway 8 to Ohau C power station.

Otago Fish and Game Region

Reference to Description: New Zealand Gazette, 24 May 1990, No. 83, page 1861.

1. Definitions

See First Schedule.

2. Open Season, Permitted Methods, Daily Bag Limits (subject to clauses 3, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 for this region)

Permitted Methods definition

F = Artificial Fly fishing only

FS = Artificial Fly or Spin fishing only

FSB = Artificial Fly, Spin or Bait fishing permitted

2.1

Rivers / Lakes

Open Season

Permitted Methods

Trout Limit

Salmon Limit

 

All lakes, rivers and streams within the Clutha River catchment lying upstream of Clyde Dam not mentioned in clause 2.3 for this region

1 Nov – 31 May

FS

1

0

2.2

Rivers / Lakes

Open Season

Permitted Methods

Trout Limit

Salmon Limit

 

All lakes, rivers and streams within the Clutha River catchment lying downstream of Clyde Dam and any other catchments flowing to the sea not mentioned in clause 2.3 for this region

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

0

2.3 Fishing Regulations for the Otago Rivers and Lakes:

Rivers / Lakes

Open Season

Permitted Methods

Trout Limit

Salmon Limit

Akatore Estuary

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

2

0

Akatore River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

0

Albert Burn

1 Nov – 31 May

FS

1

0

Arrow River

1 Nov – 31 May

FSB

1

0

Blakelys Dam

1 Nov – 15 Apr

FSB

1

0

Butchers Dam

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

2

0

Caples River and tributaries (refer to clauses 4 and 11 for this region)

1 Nov – 31 May

F

1

0

Cardrona River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

1

0

Careys Creek

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

2

Careys Creek downstream of the rail line Bridge

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

2

2

Catlins Estuary downstream of State Highway 92 Bridge

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

4

0

Catlins River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

4

0

Clutha River upstream from Luggate Bridge (except Deans Bank Section)

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FS

2

4

Clutha River Deans Bank Section (defined by landmark posts 1km downstream of Lake Wanaka and 600m upstream of Albert Town Bridge)

1 Oct – 31 May

F

2

4

Clutha River downstream of Luggate Bridge to Lake Dunstan

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

2

4

Clutha River downstream of Clyde Dam

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

4

2

Coalpit Dam

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

1

0

Conroys Dam

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

1

0

Contour Channel

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

0

Dart River

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FS

1

0

Dart River tributaries not mentioned in clause 2.3 for this region

1 Nov – 31 May

FS

1

0

Deep Stream

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

0

Diamond Creek

1 Oct – 31 May

FS

1

0

Diamond Lake

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FS

2

0

Dingle Burn (refer to clauses 4 and 11 for this region)

1 Nov – 31 May

FS

1

0

Falls Dam

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

4

0

Fraser Dam

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

0

Fraser River downstream of dam

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

0

Fraser River Upper

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

1

0

Glenorchy Lagoons

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

1

0

Greenstone River and tributaries (refer to clauses 4 and 11 for this region)

1 Nov – 31 May

F

1

0

Greenstone River downstream of the Greenstone Station Road car park swing bridge

1 Nov – 31 May

FS

1

0

Greenstone River upstream of Sly Burn confluence (refer to clauses 4 and 11 for this region)

1 Feb – 31 Mar Controlled fishery period

F

1

0

Hamiltons Dam

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

1

0

Hawea River

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FS

2

4

Hoffmans Dam

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

1

0

Hores Control Pond

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

4

0

Hunter River and tributaries (refer to clauses 4 and 11 for this region)

1 Nov – 31 May

FS

1

Ida Burn Dam

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

0

Kaihiku Stream

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

0

Kaikorai Stream

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

0

Kaikorai Estuary downstream of Abbotts Creek confluence

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

2

0

Kawarau River

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

2

4

Knights Dam

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

0

Kuriwao Stream

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

0

Kye Burn

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

0

Lake Dispute

1 Oct – 31 May

FS

2

0

Lake Dunstan

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

2

4

Lake Hawea

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

2

4

Lake Hayes

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

2

0

Lake Johnson

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

1

0

Lake Kirkpatrick

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FS

2

0

Lake Mahinerangi

1 Oct – 30 Sept

FSB

4

0

Lake Onslow

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

10

0

Lake Roxburgh, Highway Bridge at Alexandra downstream to the Roxburgh Dam

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

4

2

Lake Sylvan

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

6

0

Lake Tewa

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FS

1

0

Lake Tuakitoto including the outlet channel and inlet channel

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

4

0

Lake Waihola including the outlet and waterways interconnected with Lake Waipori

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

4

0

Lake Waipori

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

4

0

Lake Wakatipu

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

2

4

Lake Wanaka

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

2

4

Lee Stream

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

0

Lindis River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

1

0

Lochy River and tributaries downstream of Disputed Creek confluence

1 Nov – 31 May

F

1

0

Lochy River and tributaries upstream of Disputed Creek confluence (refer to clauses 4 and 11 for this region)

1 Nov – 31 May

F

0

0

Loganburn Dam

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

4

0

Maclennan River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

4

0

Makarora River and tributaries

1 Nov – 31 May

FS

1

0

Makarora River downstream of Wilkin River confluence

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FS

1

0

Manorburn Dam Lower

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

4

0

Manorburn Dam Upper

1 Nov – 31 May

FSB

4

0

Manuherikia and tributaries

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

1

0

Mathias Dam

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

0

Matukituki River and tributaries

1 Nov – 31 May

FS

1

0

Matukituki River downstream of Motatapu confluence

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FS

1

0

McAtamney’s Head Pond

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

4

0

Meggat Burn

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

0

Mill Creek junior fishery above Waterfall Park (refer to clause 12 for this region)

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

1

0

Mill Creek downstream of Speargrass Flat Road Bridge

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

1

0

Moke Lake

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

2

0

Molyneux Pond

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

1

0

Motatapu River and tributaries

1 Nov – 31 May

FS

1

0

Nenthorn Pond

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

1

0

Nenthorn Stream

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

0

Nevis River and tributaries (refer to clauses 4, 10 and 11 for this region)

1 Oct – 30 Apr

F

1

0

Owaka River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

4

0

Owaka River downstream of State Highway 92

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

4

0

Perkins Pond

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

1

0

Pinders Pond

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

1

2

Pleasant River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

0

Pomahaka River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

4

2

Pomahaka River downstream of Swans Bridge (Clydevale Road)

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

4

2

Pomahaka River upstream of Park Hill Bridge at Switzers Road (refer to clauses 4 and 11 for this region)

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

1

2

Poolburn Dam

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

0

Puerua Estuary downstream of State Highway 92 Bridge

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

4

0

Puerua Stream

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

0

Rees River and tributaries

1 Nov – 31 May

FS

1

0

Rees River downstream of Muddy Creek

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FS

1

0

Reid Lake

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FS

1

0

Routeburn River and tributaries

1 Nov – 31 May

F

0

0

Rutherfords Dam

1 Nov – 15 Apr

FSB

1

0

Shag River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

0

Shag River downstream of State Highway 1 Bridge

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

2

0

Shotover River

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

2

4

Silverstream

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

0

Southern Reservoir (refer to clause 3 for this region)

1 Oct – 31 Aug

 

FS

1

0

Styx Weir Pond

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

4

0

Sullivans Dam

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FS

1

0

Sutton Stream

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

0

Tahakopa River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

4

0

Tahakopa River downstream of Maclennan River confluence

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

4

0

Taieri River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

4

2

Taieri River downstream of Silverstream confluence

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

4

2

Teviot River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

4

0

Three O’Clock Stream

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

2

Timaru River and tributaries

1 Nov – 31 May

FS

1

0

Timaru River downstream of Timaru Road Bridge

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FS

1

0

Tokomairiro River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

0

Tokomairiro River downstream of Coal Gully Road Bridge

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

4

0

Tomahawk Lagoon

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

1

0

Tuapeka River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

0

Victoria Dam

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

0

Von Lake

1 Nov – 31 May

F

1

0

Von River and tributaries

1 Nov – 31 May

F

1

0

Waikouaiti River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

0

Waikouaiti River downstream of State Highway 1 Road Bridge

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

2

0

Waipahi River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

4

0

Waipori River upstream of Lake Waipori

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

0

Waipori River downstream of Lake Waipori

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

4

0

Waitahuna River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

0

Waitati River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

0

Waitati River downstream of Orokonui Stream confluence

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

2

0

Waiwera River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

0

Waters of Leith downstream of the Lindsay Creek confluence to the Leith Street Foot Bridge

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

2

Waters of Leith downstream of Leith Street Foot Bridge

1 Oct – 30 Sep

FSB

2

2

Wilkin River and tributaries (refer to clauses 4 and 11 for this region)

1 Nov – 31 May

FS

1

0

Young River and tributaries (refer to clauses 4 and 11 for this region)

1 Nov – 31 May

FS

1

0

3. Closed Season

Fishing for sports fish is not permitted at any time in the following specified waters:

(a) Bullock Creek, from Lake Wanaka to source.

(b) Horne Creek, from Lake Wakatipu to source.

(c) Lake Wakatipu, within the waters of Queenstown Bay bounded by a straight line drawn from the outermost point of Queenstown Gardens to the point where the south bank of One Mile Creek meets Lake Wakatipu.

(d) Lake Wanaka, within 150m of any part of the launch wharf at the township of Wanaka, within 150m of any part of the public jetty at the Wanaka Marina, and anywhere within 150m of the shoreline between the wharf and the jetty.

(e) Lake Wakatipu, within 100m of any part of the wharf in Black Bay (commonly known as the Walter Peak Jetty).

(f) Mill Creek (which flows into Lake Hayes), from the Speargrass Flat Road Bridge to Waterfall Park.

(g) Southern Reservoir in September except for Otago Fish and Game Council controlled fishing events.

(h) All waters in which sports fish are held in captivity for display, hatching or other purposes, or within a distance of 100m from any part of the outer boundaries of such waters.

(i) Waters of Leith upstream of the Lindsay Creek confluence and including Lindsay Creek.

4. Authorised Tackle

4.1 When playing a salmon in the Clutha River downstream of Roxburgh Dam, a gaff may be used to secure or land that salmon if it is greater than 450mm. Refer to 2.3 of this part of the notice.

4.2 The use of authorised lures with multiple hooks in a backcountry fishery is prohibited (refer to clause 11 of this part of the notice).

5. Fly Fishing Only Waters

Refer to 2.3 of this part of the notice.

6. Bait Fishing Waters

6.1 Refer to 2.3 of this part of the notice.

6.2 No person shall fish with a float or floating device on the line in that section of the Clutha River downstream of Roxburgh Dam to the Roxburgh Township Bridge.

7. Coarse Fishing Waters

There are no designated coarse fishing waters in Otago.

8. Use of Boats

8.1 Lakes: No anglers shall fish from, or troll from, any boat which is being mechanically propelled on Lake Dispute, Lake Hayes, Lake Johnson, Moke Lake or Reid Lake.

8.2 No anglers shall fish from any boat on Lake Kirkpatrick.

8.3 Rivers and Streams: No angler shall fish for sports fish from any boat, canoe, pontoon or floatation device on any river or stream except:

(a) Clutha River from the Albertown Bridge to the sea.

(b) Matukituki River from Glenfinnan Stream confluence to Lake Wanaka.

(c) Kawarau River from its source at Lake Wakatipu to Lake Dunstan.

(d) The Taieri River from Outram to the sea.

(e) Waipori River from Contour Channel confluence to the Taieri River confluence.

(f) All tidal reaches of rivers.

8.4 Trolling in rivers and streams: No anglers fishing for sports fish shall troll from any boat, which is being mechanically propelled on any river or stream except the:

(a) Taieri River downstream of the Otokia Bridge on State Highway 1;

(b) Waipori River downstream from the Contour Channel; and

(c) Clutha River downstream from Balclutha.

8.5 All anglers fishing from boats which are being mechanically propelled must stay at least 100m from any anglers fishing from the shore.

9. Daily Bag Limits

9.1 Except in the case of perch for which there is no daily limit, no person shall on any one day take and kill or be in possession of more than the prescribed daily limit from the waters specified in clauses 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3.

9.2 Subject to the restrictions set out in 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 9.1 above, no person shall on any 1 day take or kill or be in possession of more than 6 sports fish per day from any waters except Lake Onslow (refer to 2.3).

9.3 A licence holder may continue to fish for a particular species of sports fish on any day on which he or she has already killed the limit bag for that species as long as any fish taken are immediately returned with as little injury as possible into the water from which it was taken.

10. Fish Length

10.1 No person shall take or be in possession of any salmon less than 450mm taken from the Clutha River or its tributaries downstream of Roxburgh Dam and all other waters running into the sea.

10.2 No person shall take or be in possession of any fish greater than 400mm taken from the Nevis River.

10.3 In all other waters there shall be no minimum length.

11. Otago Backcountry Fisheries

Backcountry fishery

11.1 Definition:

backcountry fishery in this Region is defined as:

(a) the Greenstone River backcountry fishery which means the Greenstone River catchment, namely:

(i) the Greenstone River upstream of the swing bridge at the car park end of Greenstone Station Road; and

(ii) all tributary streams flowing into the Greenstone River, including the Caples River.

(b) the Dingle Burn backcountry fishery which means the Dingle Burn upstream of the bridge on the Dingle Burn Station access road.

(c) the Lochy River backcountry fishery which means the Lochy River catchment upstream of the confluence with Disputed Creek.

(d) the Nevis River backcountry fishery which means the Nevis River catchment upstream of the confluence with the Kawarau River.

(e) the Pomahaka River backcountry fishery, which means the Pomahaka River catchment upstream of the Park Hill Bridge on Switzers Road.

(f) the Hunter River backcountry fishery which means the Hunter River catchment upstream of the river’s mouth where the river enters Lake Hawea.

(g) the Young River backcountry fishery which means the Young River catchment upstream of the confluence with the Makarora River.

(h) the Wilkin River backcountry fishery which means the Wilkin River catchment upstream of the confluence with the Makarora River.

11.2 All anglers who fish in the backcountry fishery (as defined by the Sports Fish Licences, Fees, and Forms Notice 2018) must first obtain a backcountry licence (as defined in the Sports Fish Licences, Fees, and Forms Notice 2018) and the provisions of that notice apply to this notice:

Controlled area

11.3 Definitions:

controlled area means the Greenstone River (and its tributary streams) between the river’s source and its confluence with the Sly Burn.

controlled period means the period beginning on 1 February 2019 and ending on 31 March 2019.

controlled-period licence means a licence that entitles the following persons to fish for sports fish in the controlled area during the controlled period, but only during the day, and on the reach, specified in the licence:

(a) the holder of the controlled-period licence; and

(b) if the holder also holds a backcountry licence that is endorsed on a family licence, the holder’s spouse or partner and, if accompanied by the holder or the holder’s spouse or partner, any member of the holder’s family; and

(c) any 1 or more companion anglers named in the controlled-period licence who hold backcountry licences.

11.4 In the controlled area, a controlled period applies. All anglers who fish in the controlled area must first obtain a controlled-period licence (as defined by the Sports Fish Licences, Fees, and Forms Notice 2018).

12. Waters Restricted to Persons Under the Age of 18 Years

12.1 No person shall fish in waters designated as a “junior fishery” in clause 2.3 for this region unless they are a child or junior licence holder under the age of 18 years on 1 October 2018.

12.2 The Waters this clause applies to is:

Mill Creek upstream of Waterfall Park.

Southland Fish and Game Region

Reference to Description: New Zealand Gazette, 24 May 1990, No. 83, page 1861.

1. Definitions

See First Schedule.

2. Open Season, Permitted Methods, Daily Bag Limits

Permitted Methods definition

F = Artificial Fly fishing only

FS = Artificial Fly or Spin fishing only

FSB = Artificial Fly, Spin or Bait fishing permitted

Rivers / Lakes

Open Season

Permitted Methods

Daily Bag Limits

Acton Stream

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

All rivers and lakes draining to the Tasman Sea and Foveaux Strait west of the Waiau River

All year

FS

4

All tributaries of the Aparima, Oreti and Mataura Rivers, not covered below

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

Aparima River and tributaries upstream of Hamilton Burn confluence

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

2

Aparima River, Hamilton Burn confluence to Wreys Bush Bridge

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

Aparima River, Wreys Bush Bridge to Thornbury Bridge

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

4

Aparima River, the Thornbury Bridge to sea

All year

FSB

4

Borland Burn

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

2

Cromel Stream

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

Eglinton River and tributaries

1 Nov – 31 May

F

1

Ettrick Burn (refer to clause 11 for this region)

1 Nov – 31 May

FS

1

Hamilton Burn and tributaries upstream of Mossburn Otautau Road

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

2

Hamilton Burn downstream of Mossburn Otautau Road

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

Irthing Stream

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

Tributaries of Te Anau, Manapouri, Monowai, Hauroko, Hankinson (except Ettrick Burn and Eglinton, Upukerora, Upper Waiau and Mararoa Rivers)

1 Nov – 31 May

FS

2

Lake Fergus

1 Nov – 31 May

FS

2

Lake Gunn

1 Nov – 31 May

FS

2

Lake Hankinson

1 Nov – 31 May

FS

2

Lake Hauroko

All year

FS

2

Lake Henry “junior fishery” (refer to clause 12 for this region)

All year

FSB

2

Lake Manapouri (including Waiau Arm)

All year

FS

2

Lake Manapouri, Frasers Beach to Supply Bay, Junior & Child anglers from the shore only

All year

FSB

2

Lake Mavora (North and South)

All year

FS

2

Lake Mavora (North and South), Junior
& Child anglers from the shore only

All year

FSB

2

Lake Monowai

All year

FS

2

Lake Poteriteri

All year

FS

2

Lake Te Anau

All year

FS

2

Lake Te Anau Control Gates to Upukerora River mouth, Junior & Child anglers from the shore only

All year

FSB

2

Lake Thomas

All year

FSB

2

Lake Waituna and tributaries

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

Lilburn

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

McGregor Pond (Whitestone River Berm) “junior fishery” (refer to clause 12 for this region)

20 Oct – 30- Sep

FSB

2

Makarewa River upstream of Riverton – Invercargill Highway and all tributaries

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

Makarewa River downstream of Riverton – Invercargill Highway

All year

FSB

4

Mararoa River upstream of The Key Bridge including upper Mararoa and tributaries

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

1

Mararoa River downstream of The Key Bridge

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

4

Mataura River and tributaries upstream of Hume’s Road Bridge, Garston

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

1

Mataura River – Garston Bridge to the Gore Bridge

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

4

Mataura River – the Gore Bridge to the Gorge Road Bridge

1 Oct – 31 May,

excluding

4 and 5 May 2019

FSB

4

Mataura River – the Gorge Road Bridge to sea

All year

FSB

4

Mimihau River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

4

Mokoreta River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

4

Monowai River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

2

Orauea Stream and tributaries

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

Ourawera Stream

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

Oreti River and tributaries upstream of Rocky Point – Backcountry Fishery (refer to Clause 11 for this region)

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

1

Oreti River – Rocky Point to Riverton – Invercargill Highway

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

4

Oreti River Riverton – Invercargill Highway to sea

All year

FSB

4

Otamita Stream

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

Pourakino River and tributaries upstream of Waipango Bridge

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

Pourakino River downstream of Waipango Bridge

All year

FSB

2

Taunamau Stream

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

Titiroa Stream and tributaries upstream of The Locks

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

Titiroa Stream downstream of The Locks

All year

FSB

2

Tokanui Stream

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

Upukerora River

1 Nov – 31 May

FS

1

Waiau River between Lakes Manapouri and Te Anau

1 Oct – 31 May

FS

2

Waiau River – Mararoa Weir (refer to clause 3.1 for this region) to Tuatapere

1 Oct – 31 May

FSB

4

Waiau River from Tuatapere to the sea, including the Waiau Lagoon

All year

FSB

4

Waiau River tributaries from the Mararoa Weir to the sea (except Monowai, Borland and Wairaki Rivers)

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

Waihopai River upstream of Queens Drive

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

Waihopai River downstream of Queens Drive

All year

FSB

2

Waikaia River

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

4

Waikaia River tributaries

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

Waikaka River and tributaries

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

Waikawa River and tributaries, Niagara Bridge upstream

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

Waikawa River, Niagara Bridge downstream

All year

FSB

2

Waikiwi Stream upstream of North Road Bridge

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

Waikiwi Stream downstream of North Road Bridge

All year

FSB

2

Waimatuku Stream and tributaries upstream of the bridge on Rance Road

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

Waimatuku Stream and tributaries downstream of the bridge on Rance Road

All year

FSB

2

Waimea Stream

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

Wairaki River and tributaries upstream of the transmission lines

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

1

Wairaki River downstream of the transmission lines

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FSB

2

Whitestone River upstream of Prospect Bridge

1 Nov – 31 May

FS

1

Whitestone River between the Prospect Bridge and the Mararoa confluence

1 Oct – 30 Apr

FS

1

3. Closed Waters

3.1 A person must not take (or attempt to take) sports fish from the following waters:

(a) That portion of Lake Manapouri which lies within 100m of any part of the Real Journeys Company’s Tourist Centre, Pearl Harbour, Manapouri.

(b) That portion of Lake Te Anau that lies within 100m of any part of the wharf of the Real Journeys Company’s office in the township of Te Anau.

(c) Those portions of the Waiau River, Mararoa River and the Waiau Arm of Lake Manapouri that are within 100m of the control gates on the Manapouri Lake Control structure, also known as the Mararoa Weir.

3.2 A person must not take (or attempt to take) salmon from any river during the months of April and May.

4. Authorised Tackle

Refer First Schedule.

4.1 Scented artificial lures may be used in all waters other than fly fishing only waters, when actively fished so as to imitate a bait fish.

4.2 Molluscs or parts of molluscs may be used in bait fishing waters.

5. Fly Fishing Only Waters

Refer to clause 2 for this region.

6. Bait Fishing Not Permitted

Refer to clause 2 for this region.

7. Coarse Fishing Waters

Fishing for coarse fish in all waters in Southland region is prohibited.

8. Use of Boats

8.1 A person must not fish from any motorised boat (including electric motors) in Lake Thomas and South Lake Mavora.

8.2 A person must not fish from any boat or any form of flotation device in the:

(a) Eglinton River.

(b) Mataura River upstream from the Mataura Island Bridge.

(c) Oreti River upstream of the State Highway 94 Bridge just north of Lumsden.

(d) Waikaia River.

9. Daily Limit Bags

9.1 Subject to clause 3.2 for this region, no person shall in any one day take, kill or be in possession of more than 1 salmon from any waters of the region.

9.2 With the exception of perch for which there is no limit, no person shall on any one day take, kill or be in possession of more than 4 sports fish.

10. Fish Length

There are no minimum or maximum lengths for sports fish in Southland region.

11. Southland Backcountry Fishery

11.1 Definition:

Backcountry fishery in this region means:

(a) The Ettrick Burn backcountry fishery.

(b) The Oreti River and tributaries upstream of Rocky Point backcountry fishery.

11.2 All anglers who fish in the backcountry fishery (as defined by the Sports Fish Licences, Fees, and Forms Notice 2018) must obtain a backcountry licence (as defined by the Sports Fish Licences, Fees, and Forms Notice 2018) and the provisions of that notice apply to this notice.

Controlled area

11.3 Definitions:

controlled area means the Ettrick Burn from its confluence with Lake Te Anau to the upstream limit of Log Cabin Slip at NZTOPO 50-CC07 796753.

controlled period means the period beginning on 1 November 2018 and ending on 31 May 2019.

controlled period licence means a licence that entitles the following persons to fish for sports fish in the controlled area during the controlled period, but only during the day specified in the licence:

(a) the holder of the controlled period licence; and

(b) if the holder also holds a backcountry licence that is endorsed on a family licence, the spouse or partner, and if accompanied by the holder or the holder’s spouse or partner and any member of the holder’s family; and

(c) up to 3 companion anglers named in the controlled period licence who hold backcountry licences, provided that the maximum size of any group for any one permit is 4.

11.4 In the controlled area, a controlled period applies. All anglers who fish in the controlled area must first obtain a controlled period licence (as defined by the Sports Fish Licences, Fees, and Forms Notice 2018).

12. Waters Restricted to Persons Under the Age of 18 Years

12.1 A person must not fish in Lake Henry or McGregor pond, being waters designated as a “junior fishery” in clause 2 for this region unless the person is a child or junior licence holder under the age of 18 years on 1 October 2018.


Approved at Wellington this 28th day of July 2018.

Hon EUGENIE SAGE, Minister of Conservation.